Northwest Corner of Lincoln and Hampton Streets
Site of First Howard School
By 1869, Columbia featured the first and what would remain for another 50 years the only public school for African Americans. Partially funded by the Freedmen’s Bureau, the two-story, wood-framed building initially accommodated students of all grades. In 1916, it became a grammar school for grades K-8. Nathaniel J. Frederick served as the institution’s principal for almost 20 years before becoming the state’s first African American lawyer in 1913.