From staff reports
Beaufort’s Mather School is one of the first eight community sites to be included in the newly established Reconstruction Era National Historic Network, the National Park Service announced Monday, Nov. 23.
This national network, launched in March 2020, will connect sites across the country who provide education, interpretation and research for the period of Reconstruction. The Reconstruction Era (1861-1900) is one of the most fascinating and misunderstood periods in American History and includes stories of freedom, education and self-determination.
The Mather School, which was created shortly after the Civil War to provide education to the formerly enslaved, joins among the new community sites added to the network several Historic Black Colleges and Universities created during Reconstruction and a site managed by the South Carolina State Park system which interprets the stories of freedom and tenant farming.
In addition to the Mather School, the sites are Allen University, Benedict College, Claflin University, Clinton College, Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site, South Carolina State University and Voorhees College.
“The Reconstruction story is a national story,” Superintendent Scott Teodorski said in a release. “It includes sites from all over the country. Some of the sites are managed by the National Park Service and many are not. The Reconstruction Era National Historic Network provides an opportunity to connect these sites and to connect visitors to their stories as part of the Reconstruction Era. We are very excited to welcome these new sites to the network and look forward to working with them.”
The John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, signed into law on March 12, 2019, outlined the creation of the Reconstruction Era National Historic Network. This network, managed by Reconstruction Era National Historical Park, includes sites and programs that are affiliated with the Reconstruction Era, but not necessarily managed by the National Park Service.
This network is nationwide and works to provide opportunities for visitors to connect to the stories of Reconstruction. For more information about the Reconstruction Era National Historic Network, visit https://www.nps.gov/subjects/reconstruction/network.htm.
For more information about Reconstruction Era National Historical Park, visit www.nps.gov/reer or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ReconstructionNPS.