An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church

Voorhees College, Denmark, South Carolina

A historically African American, coeducational, liberal arts college affiliated with the Episcopal Church. Voorhees was founded by Elizabeth Evelyn Wright (1872-1906) as the Denmark Industrial School. It opened on Apr. 14, 1897. In 1902 the name was changed to Voorhees Industrial School in honor of Ralph Voorhees, a generous benefactor. The name was changed in 1916 to Voorhees Normal and Industrial School, and in 1924 the dioceses of South Carolina and Upper South Carolina began supporting the school. In 1947 the name was changed to Voorhees School and Junior College, and in 1963 it became Voorhees College.

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