Orangeburg County - White Oak Indian School Virtual Tour
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The White Oak Indian School educated Native American children in grades 1-6 in the Holly Hill Santee Indian community, from the early 1930s to the late 1970s. The right wing of the school housed 1st and 2nd grades, the left wing housed 3rd and 4th grades, and the center section housed 5th and 6th.
After the 6th grade, many of the children did not continue their education because they would have been forced to attend the all-white school in Holly Hill. The few who did attend the white school suffered daily harassment.
With desegregation, Indian and colored schools were closed and those students integrated into the white schools. The White Oak Indian School was closed in 1974.
The Santee Indian community still have fond memories of their close-knit community school and have taken great pride in preserving the building. The building is now being used as a community center.