Emmett Scott School was the first public Black school in Rock Hill. This year is the school’s 100th anniversary
ROCK HILL, S.C. — Friday, October 16th, Emmett Scott School Alumni will be recognized as trailblazers in education in York County.
In 1920, during a time when Black people were denied education and schools were segregated, The Emmet Scott School was built in York County. Carrying the namesake of Booker T. Washington’s assistant, Emmett Scott was the first public school for Black people in Rock Hill.
WCNC Charlotte’s Billie Jean Shaw spoke to Samuel R. Foster, a former principal of Emmett Scott School, to learn more about the school’s legacy.
“It was the center of the Black church,” Foster said. “The Black school was the center of activity in the Black community.”
Foster was the principal at Emmett Scott School for three years, up until its closing in 1970. Students who