Aiken Graded School

This Historic Markers denotes the location of the Aiken Graded School, a two-story brick school built 1924-25 for black pupils in grades 1-7 and funded in part by the Julius Rosenwald Foundation. The school, described as “one of the best in the state when it was being built,” had 10 classrooms, a library, and an auditorium seating 600. The only black elementary school in Aiken until new schools began to be built in 1954, it closed in 1969. It was demolished in 1973 and is now a public park.

KEYWORDS: AIKEN, SCHOOL, ROSENWALD