"W" is for Wright, Mary Honor Farrow

Dec 29, 2017

"W" is for Wright, Mary Honor Farrow [1862-1946]. Educator. Born into slavery in Spartanburg County, Wright received her early education from northern teachers who came to South Carolina after the Civil War. In 1879, after graduating from Claflin University, she accepted her first teaching position in Inman, where she held classes in a brush arbor. She later organized schools and taught in mill villages and churches in Spartanburg and Saxon. In 1904 she organized a school in her home for black children who were to young to walk to the nearest black school. She also founded the Home for Aged Negro Women in Spartanburg. For over fifty years she chaired the Palmetto Teachers Association Department of Primary Teachers. When Mary Honor Farrow Wright died, Carrier Street School—the institution she had started in her home—was renamed in her honor.