Alumni of a Low Country school are remembering a piece of their history. Today in Beaufort, South Carolina, students of the old Mather School gathered on the school site, which is now the Technical College of the Low Country. They rang the old school bell and reminisced about their time at Mather.
"I look forward to coming here each year and looking around and seeing my old friends from Mather that I knew when I was here," said graduate Johnnie James. "Very few are here now."
The Technical College of the Low Country built the bell tower as a way to remember the school's history. The school was established in 1868 to prepare the daughters of newly freed slaves to teach.
African Americans continued to attend the Mather School until 1968.