It was in 1920 when Black people couldn’t even get an education that The Emmett Scott School was built in York County. It was the first public school for Black people in Rock Hill, SC.
Fast forward to today, several of the school’s alumni will be honored Friday (October 16) during the rivalry football game between Northwestern High School and South Pointe High School.
The alumni of Emmett Scott School will be recognized as trailblazers in education. WCNC learned one of those alumni is the former principal of the school Samuel R. Foster. Foster says, “The Black school was the center of activity in the Black community.”
The Emmett Scott School was demolished after closing in 1970. Parts of the building have been converted into a recreation center. Foster says very few people know of its rich history or how important it was in the Black community. However, some of that history will be revealed Friday (October 16) when the alumni of Emmett Scott school is honored at the high school football game. Game time is 7:30pm at the District 3 South Stadium.
It will be the first time the alumni will be honored in this fashion.