South Carolina Education - Marion County

Year County Established

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1798

Marion County

Marion
 
On December 18, 1802, the South Carolina General Assembly passed an Act, which included the incorporation of the Marion Philomatic Society and authorized assets up to $10,000.
On December 21, 1811, the South Carolina General Assembly passed an Act, which included the incorporation of the Marion Academy Society, with assets authorized up to $10,000. Chartered for fourteen (14) years. Thirteen (13) trustees named.

This building, the first public school in Marion County, was built in 1886 by the Marion Academy Society, chartered in 1811. The Society, which had operated a private school here for almost seventy-years, then turned the school over to the Marion School district as the new public school. The Marion Graded School, which closed in 1976 after ninety years’ continuous service to the community, now houses the Museum of Marion County.

On December 18, 1818, the South Carolina General Assembly passed an Act, which included an authorization for the Trustees of the Madion Academy to raise $2,000 via a lottery. The Act named eleven (11) trustees of said academy.
On December 18, 1829, the South Carolina General Assembly passed an Act, which included the incorporation of the Marion Academy Society, named five (5) trustees, and authorized assets up to $5,000 (Section I.15). In Section VIII of the same Act, they authorized all escheated property in the Marion District to be vested in the said Academy, up to the value of $5,000.
On December 17, 1841, the South Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to increase the number of school commissioners in the Marion District from five (5) to eight (8).
On December 15, 1845, the South Carolina General Assembly passed and Act, which included the incorporation of the Marion Academy Society for a period of fourteen (14) years, and authorized assets up to $5,000.
On December 21, 1854, the South Carolina General Assembly passed an Act, which included the incorporation of the Marion Female College, named twenty-seven (27) trustees, authorized assets up to $100,000, and chartered the college for twenty-one (21) years (Sections VI - XIV).
On February 9, 1882, the South Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to renew, revive, and extend the charter of the Marion Academy Society and named nine (9) new trustees. The charter was extended indefinitely or until repealed.
On December 24, 1883, the South Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to establish a new special school district in the town of Marion Court House in Marion County, and authorized the voters to decide upon an additional special school tax not to exceed two (2) mills on real and personal property. [Repealed - see below.]
On December 24, 1886, the South Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to repeal the Act of 12/24/1883, redefined the boundaries of the Town of Marion School District, and authorized voters to decide upon an additional special school tax not to exceed two and a half (2-1/2) mills on real and personal property. On December 18, 1894, the South Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to amend the Act of 12/24/1886, by increasing the special school tax from two and a half (2-1/2) mills to three and a half (3-1/2) mills on real and personal property.
On December 23, 1890, the South Carolina General Assembly passed a Joint Resolution to direct the Marion County Treasurer to transfer all funds associated with school districts which were formerly within Marion County, but are now in Florence County, to the Florence County Treasurer. On December 22, 1892, the South Carolina General Assembly passed a Joint Resolution to amend the Joint Resolution of 12/23/1890, by clarifying the previous resolution.
On December 24, 1892, the South Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to establish a new special school district in Marion County out of portions of Hillsboro and Carmichael Townships, to be known as the Union High School District, named five (5) trustees, and authorized voters to decide upon an additional special school tax not to exceed three (3) mills on real and personal property. On December 18, 1894, the South Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to repeal the Act of 12/24/1892. The reason for the repeal was not provided within the Act.

On December 17, 1894, the South Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to authorize the Town Council of the town of Dillon, in Marion County, to issue bonds up to $3,000 for the erection of buildings for the graded school in said town - if voters agree to this. The Act also authorized an additional special school tax to pay the interest on said bonds - again, if voters agreed.

[Note - in 1894, the town of Dillon was in Marion County. In 1910, the town of Dillon was named the county seat for Dillon County.]

 
 
 
 
 

This school, built in 1925, was the first public school for African American students in the Mars Bluff community. One of more than 5000 schools in the South funded in part by the Julius Rosenwald Foundation, it features a standard two-classroom plan typical of the rural schools built by the foundation between 1917 and 1932.

The first school here, a private school built by Mt. Zion Methodist Church in 1870, burned in the early 1920s. Mt. Zion Rosenwald School usually operated on a four- or five-month calendar in which two or three teachers taught grades 1-6. It closed in 1952 when a new Mars Bluff Consolidated School opened. This school was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.

[Note - the first school of 1870 was originally in Marion County. In 1888, it was in Florence County. The marker above is in Florence County]

 
 
 
 
 


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