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Mathers School Alumni Gather for Special Ceremony

Mathers School Alumni gather for the annual bell ringing ceremony. Mathers School Alumni gather for the annual bell ringing ceremony.

BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) - The former Mathers School in Beaufort has a rich history. Today, people celebrated it with a bang.

Graduates gathered on the school grounds, which is now part of the Technical College of the Low Country for their annual bell ringing ceremony. The school was established in 1868 to educate the daughters of freed slaves and prepare young black women teachers.

A decade later it became part of the New England Missionary Association and continued educating African Americans until 1968 when they opened the doors to all races. Former students say ringing the bell today brought back a lot of memories.

"Ringing the bell brings back so many memories," said former student, Mary Padgett. "When I was here I didn't want to hear it because that meant you had to get up and I didn't want to get up but that was a signal in the morning to get up and sort of a time bell."

"It really means a whole lot to me to be a part of the Mathers School because if it were not for my being involved in the Mathers School, I would not have been able to do things I'm doing right now," said former student, Inez Washington.

In the early 1970s the school became part of the South Carolina Technical College system.

Reported by: Jaime Dailey, jdailey@wtoc.com

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