Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Voorhees College (SC)

The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg, SC has an article from September 18, 2011, "Voorhees students learn history of founder" that highlights an exhibit exploring the life of the institution's founder, Elizabeth Evelyn Wright. The article includes historical details from the exhibit and reflects several years of research by archivist Richard Reid.

The institution was founded as the Denmark Industrial School in 1897. The name was changed to Voorhees Industrial School in 1902. The first post-secondary instruction began in 1929 and the name was changed to Voorhees Normal and Industrial School. Other name changes followed, Voorhees School and Junior College in 1947 and then, Voorhees College in 1962. The first baccalaureate degree was awarded in 1969.