We are proud to feature distinguished educational leaders whose careers represent the fundamental beliefs and values of the Museum.
Septima Clark (1898-1987) developed the idea of citizenship schools, first established in South Carolina and then throughout the Southeast. Clark has been inducted into the Museum of Education’s South Carolina Education Hall of Honor. (Portrait: Avery Research Center, College of Charleston)
J. A. De Laine (1898-1974) brought together the Scott’s Branch School community (Clarendon County) to challenge segregation in South Carolina’s public schools and to initiate the Briggs v. Elliott lawsuit that became an integral and crucial component of the 1954 Brown Decision. De Laine has been inducted into the Museum of Education’s South Carolina Education Hall of Honor. (Portrait: South Caroliniana Library)
John Dewey (1859-1952), American philosopher who has guided the field of education and the Museum of Education’s basic conception, purpose, and mission. (Portrait: Special Collections, Southern Illinois University)
Wil Lou Gray (1883-1984), a pioneer of adult education and literacy and founder of the Opportunity School program in South Carolina, has been inducted into the Museum of Education’s South Carolina Education Hall of Honor. (Portrait: Museum of Education)
Maxine Greene (1917-2014), W. F. Russell Professor of Foundations of Education at Teachers College and visitor and patron of the Museum of Education, has served to guide the Museum’s programming with her emphasis upon "wide-awakeness," imagination, and social action. The Museum stages events in conjunction with the Maxine Greene Foundation for Social Imagination, the Arts & Education. (Portrait: Museum of Education)
Chester C. Travelstead (1911-2007), former Dean of the College of Education [at University of South Carolina], spoke out for the importance of school integration in 1955, a stance that caused him to be dismissed by the Board of Trustees. In 2006, the Museum of Education named its seminar room the Travelstead Room. (Portrait: Kentucky Library and Museum, Western Kentucky University)