Teacher Resources

The Strawberry School

In 1905, when Bernard Baruch bought Hobcaw Barony,there were many African Americans living there. Although there was a black school in nearby Georgetown, Baruch wanted to keep African Americans on his property, where they provided essential labor and services, and in 1915 he built the Strawberry School for Hobcaw’s black children. He expanded Strawberry School in 1935. Schoolswere segregated and, though Bernard Baruch provided educational opportunities for white and African-American children on Hobcaw, he maintained separate schools for them, in keeping with the customs and laws of the time. Today students can study Strawberry School and use it as a means to reflect upon their own educations.

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Analyzing Historical Photographs

There are hundreds of historical photographs pertaining to Hobcaw Barony and the Baruch family, most of which are archived at the Georgetown County Digital Library (http://www.gcdigital.org/). Many of these photographs can also be found throughout the Between the Waters website. They provide a rich visual record of life at Hobcaw during the first half of the 20th century, and an opportunity for students to increase their literacy skills. Photographs contain a great deal of information but they can also contain misinformation. In this lesson students learn how to analyze or “read” a photograph, an important aspect of visual literacy.

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Maps as Cultural Artifacts

Maps are cultural artifacts that reflect the views of their creators and particular times or places. They are central to our understanding of individual cultures and their histories. In this lesson students begin by comparing very differentmaps of Hobcaw Barony to discover how different people understood this place and how they may have interacted with itin different ways. Students then collect and analyze present-day maps of the same area to investigate the range of perspectives we adopt toward our world and how our maps reflect our own cultural concerns, experiences, backgrounds, and aspirations.

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