Boylan-Haven-Mather Academy NATIONAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
BHMA Memorial Site
Bestowing a legacy of
educational opportunity upon future generations
Mather Scholarship at Claflin
The original gate on Campbell Street leads to history display boards and a biography board that highlights six of Mather's many accomplished alumni. An apartment complex and tennis courts are now located on the property. A state historical marker is on Dekalb Street. Click each photo above to learn more.
Boylan Haven Mather Academy, a Methodist boarding school located in Camden, SC, was one of the state's premier schools during its 96-year history, from 1887 to 1983.
With roots in a Freedmen's Bureau school begun by its visionary progenitor, Sarah Babcock, Mather cultivated a reputation for educational excellence for blacks, becoming one of the first schools to go all the way to 12th grade (in 1928).
Its hosting of plays, concerts and other activities made it a cultural center for the area's black community. Additionally, Mather's integrated faculty, attuned to the black experience in segregated America, made it an "oasis in the desert" of race relations.
Our alumni and former students have made Mather proud, excelling in education, politics, religion and other endeavors. We will always cherish our alma mater.
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