The Technical College of the Lowcountry will host its 2nd annual Mather History and Education Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, February 24 at the TCL Beaufort Campus. The event celebrates the living legacy of the educational leadership of the Mather School and the personal empowerment of education.
Beaufort Middle School students will arrive at 9 a.m. to explore TCL’s academic programs including heath care, information technology, aviation and criminal justice. At 12:30 p.m., they will gather to hear stories from a special Mather alumni panel. At 1:15 p.m., guests will sing the Mather School Alma Mater and ring the Mather Bell outside building 12.
At approximately 1:45 p.m., the Matherites will help kickoff the Beaufort Arts Council Community Mural Project. This project will bring local artists together to paint the history of Beaufort along the TCL tunnel beneath Ribaut Road. The eldest Mather alumni will paint the first stroke to mark the beginning of the two-year project.
The Mather Legacy Reception in the Mather Library, upstairs in building 12, will immediately follow. Special guests, including college and community leaders, members of the Beaufort Arts Council and the Mather Society, will gather to dedicate the Mather Library as an interpretive center for education, Mather history and local culture.
For more information, please contact Mary Lee Carns at 843-470-5962.
The Mather School was located on what is now TCL’s Beaufort campus and was established by Rachel Crane Mather in 1868 to educate the daughters of freed slaves and to prepare young black women as teachers. In 1881, the school became part of the New England Baptist Missionary Association and continued educating area African-Americans until 1968. In the early 1970s, the school became part of the South Carolina Technical College System. Learn more at https://www.tcl.edu/about-tcl/alumni/the-mather-school/.