Rachel C. Mather, 1823 – 1903

Suggested resources



The purpose of the Beaufort District Collection is to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history of our area. Here are some suggestions to help you understand the work of educator and missionary Rachel C. Mather. Her Mather School for Girls educated black female students from 1868 until 1968. The Technical College of the Lowcountry has occupied the site since 1968. Latest update: July 26, 2011

Rachel C. Mather: A Bibliography

  Web based resources:
“Appeal for Suffering Negroes:  Dire Distress Among the People of the Storm-Swept Coast Islands,” New York Times, March 3, 1894 PDF at

“Sea Island Sufferers: Relief Organizations battling with starvation and exposure,” New York Times, February 18, 1894 PDF at

“Quintessentially Lowcountry: Educating freed slaves was the foundation of today’s Beaufort colleges,” by Kate Cerve, Island Packet, May 14, 2010 at  http://www.islandpacket.com/2010/05/14/1240519/quintessentially-lowcountry-educating.html#ixzz1TEztuxU1.

Mather School Highway Historic Marker http://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=6940.

Come to the Beaufort District Collection to see these items:  

  • Her obituary is on file in the BDC.


  • We have materials in the vertical file labeled Schools — Mather School which contains some information about Mrs. Mather.


  • 975.799 MAR Lowcountry Gossip by Chlotilde R. Martin, 1930? Photocopy of newspaper article, 1 sheet. 


  • 551.552 MAT The storm swept coast of South Carolina by Rachel C. Mather, 1894.
  • Please note: These resources are available through the Beaufort District Collection of the Beaufort County Library and cannot be checked out.  Visit our homepage for hours of operation.
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