As early as 1936 Wallace C. Bethea stressed that African-American school facilities were inadequate and their teachers’ salaries were too low. His efforts secured the establishment of the first African-American public high school in Orangeburg, known as Wilkinson High, in 1937 as well as sought equitable salaries for teachers.

This Orangeburg Out of the Past feature puts a spotlight on the people and events that make up Wilkinson High School. 

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