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Trustees to honor Jackson Class of 1970 on Golden Anniversary
Students were final graduates ahead of desegregation
JHS - First Graduates
A photograph of the first graduates of Jackson School, likely taken in the early to mid-1870s. Standing is the school’s founder and first principal, the Rev. B.F. Whittmore. Whittmore -- according to a 2010 S.C. Senate resolution honoring the Class of 1960 -- started the school in 1867 “as a small frame school for African Americans … built on the southwest public square generally known as Jackson School grove,” which is where the Continuous Learning Center is currently located. Whittmore is shown with the school’s first graduating class, Katie Boykin, J.J.Reed and Corine Roache. The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees plans to honor the final graduating Class of 1970 during its meeting today on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.
Tonight, the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees will recognize the Jackson High School (JHS) Class of 1970 -- the final graduating class of students before students were integrated to Camden High School that fall for the 1970-71 school year.

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