Boylan-Haven Mather Academy NATIONAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
Bestowing a legacy of
educational opportunity upon future generations
Mather Scholarship at Claflin
The original gate on Camden's Campbell Street leads to history display boards and a biography board featuring 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 that once existed 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 in 1928 one of the first schools to go all the way to 12th grade. In 1959, Mather merged with Boylan-Haven School of Jacksonville, FL, itself a 1932 union of Boylan School in that city and Haven School of Savannah, GA.
Mather-in-Camden's 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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EMANUEL AME CHURCH
BHMA 2020 Grand Reunion: Aug. 6-9