Holly Springs School

National Register Listing
Street Address:
130 Holly Springs Road, Vicinity of Belton, SC (Greenville County)
Alternate Name:
Holly Spring School;Holly Springs Colored School

NRHP Nomination


Record Number:
Description and Narrative:
Holly Springs School is locally significant as an early example of an African American school in Greenville County, South Carolina. Built ca. 1891, the school is a single-story, one-room, wood-frame building with a double front entrance. The building faces east and is located on Holly Springs Road in a rural area of southwestern Greenville County. The school stands as a symbol of the educational struggle of freed men and women in the late 19th century as they worked to overcome the lingering effects of slavery-era anti-literacy laws and provide their children with education despite the re-enshrinement of white supremacy following Reconstruction. It continued to serve nearby black families until 1951, when Greenville County officials shuttered the school as part of a statewide campaign to equalize, and thereby preserve, segregated education. The property thus has multiple significant associations with the historical education of African Americans in Greenville County, extending across several decades. Listed in the National Register October 7, 2019.
Period of Significance:
1891 – 1951
Level of Significance:
Area of Significance:
Education;Ethnic Heritage: Black
National Register Determination:
Date of Certification:
October 7 2019

Related places
Greenville County