The Strawberry School and African-American Education in the Early and Mid-20th Century

In 1905, when Bernard Baruch bought Hobcaw Barony,there were many African Americans living there. Although there was a black school in nearby Georgetown, Baruch wanted to keep African Americans on his property, where they provided essential labor and services, and in 1915 he built the Strawberry School for Hobcaw’s black children. He expanded Strawberry School in 1935. Schools were segregated and, though Bernard Baruch provided educational opportunities for white and African-American children on Hobcaw, he maintained separate schools for them, in keeping with the customs and laws of the time. Today students can study Strawberry School and use it as a means to reflect upon their own educations.

Goal: To teach students about African-American education during the early and mid-20th century as reflected in the Strawberry School on Hobcaw Barony. Students will also compare and contrast their own school experience with that of African-American children going to segregated schools during the early to mid-20th century.

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