Mather School

Mather School was a private boarding school for African American girls founded by Rachel Mather in 1867. About a 100 years later, Mather School was sold to the State of South Carolina for educational purposes. The Technical College of the Lowcountry (TCL) now occupies the site.

Recently, TCL razed the Wildy Gymnasium, built on the Mather School Campus in 1961. As a highlight of the 32nd Annual Mather School reunion, the Wildy Memorial Garden is being dedicated Saturday, July 25th at 2pm.

Read about the educational goals of the Women's American Baptist Home Mission Society in a New York Times,newspaper article dated April 11, 1897.

A list of links and library materials about Rachel Mather are found in "Local Notables: Important People in the History of Beaufort County."

About the Author

Grace Cordial has been responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Beaufort District Collection at the Beaufort County Library since 1999.  The Beaufort District Collection exists to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history, culture, and environment of our part of the South Carolina lowcountry.  Besides the research room, Cordial manages the “Virtual BDC:” the BDC web pages, the Online Obituary Index, two digital collections, a new BDC.BCL Facebook page, and the Connections blog.  
Among her duties is to coordinate or present programs about local history, Gullah culture, and our coastal environment, including occasional instructional sessions about how to perform historical and/or genealogical research.