Voorhees: The Last School Standing


Voorhees: The Last School Standing

July 24, 2018

Voorhees College has the distinct honor of being the last institution standing that was founded by one of Booker T. Washington’s students.

In 1897, at the age of 23, Elizabeth Evelyn Wright founded Voorhees College, (originally the Denmark Industrial Institute).  A native of Georgia, Wright found her inspiration while studying at Booker T. Washington's famed Tuskegee Institute.   She said time at Tuskegee gave her a mission in life to be the same type of woman as Mr. Washington was of a man.   Knowing the importance of education, she moved to Denmark and started the first of several schools in the rural area. She survived threats, attacks and arson.

Voorhees College is a small institution that takes pride in its rich history and is dedicated to catering to student’s academic, professional, social, and spiritual needs in order to assist them in fulfilling their higher education goals.

The institution offers each student a comprehensive general education experience coupled with a values-centered liberal arts environment that support opportunities designed to help prepare students to function in a diverse and increasingly technological society. Voorhees: Begin; Believe; Become!”