The Mather School National Alumni Association will hold its 2019 Reunion and annual scholarship fund-raising banquet July 27, 2019. The Mather School National Association continues to support Benedict College students through a scholarship in honor of the late Lucy Hughes, beloved Mather School teacher. In addition, the MSNAA Chapter of the Lowcountry assists area students through various programs focused upon history, culture and leadership development.
This year, the MSNAA Reunion Meeting is scheduled for the North Charleston Marriott, and tickets can be obtained by contacting Ms. Valerie Goodson at Benedict College at [email protected] or 803-705-4568, the contact persons listed, or Planning Committee at email address listed. The scheduled banquet speaker is Mrs. Ruth Jordan, Minority Business Enterprise Director for the City of Charleston.
The Mather School was created in 1867 by Mrs. Rachael Crane Mather from Boston, Massachusetts, to provide educational opportunities for the children of former slaves. In 1882, the Women’s Baptist Home Missionary Society assumed support for the institution.
Mather School developed first as an accredited high school with a boarding component for African American girls, who came from across the nation. Later, the co-ed Junior College was added. For over 100 years, Mather School served Black families from the Lowcountry and across the nation before closing its doors in 1968. The facilities were sold to the South Carolina Department of Education, and the Technical College of the Lowcountry was established on the site of the former Mather School.
Today, surviving Mather School facilities include important archives that illustrate the School’s historical, economic and social contributions. Moreover, each February, there is a ceremonial ringing of the original Mather School Bell and a tour of the Mather School Library, which now houses archival collection not found at Benedict College. There is also a dormitory on the Campus of Benedict named Mather Hall.
The Mather School National Alumni Association is comprised of former Mather School students and staff as well as many of their descendants.