Jenkins Orphanage

20 Franklin ST

Charleston, SC 29401

Get Directions

Phone:

City: Charleston

Region: Coastal & Islands

Visit Website Visit Website

Jenkins Orphanage

The Rev. Daniel J. Jenkins established the Jenkins Orphanage in 1891 for African-American children following an encounter with four youngsters living on the streets of Charleston. The original site of this orphanage was at 20 Franklin St. in the Old Marine Hospital. This National Historic Landmark, designed by Robert Mills, served as home of the orphanage from 1895 to 1939. Then it moved to a farm outside Charleston. To raise funds for the orphanage, the Jenkins Orphanage Band was organized. The Jenkins Orphanage Band, wearing discarded Citadel uniforms, performed throughout the United States and even toured England raising money for the support of the orphanage. William “Cat” Anderson, Jabbo Smith and Freddie Green are but a few of the alumni from the band who made it to the big time. Click on the link below and scroll down to Jenkins Orphanage Band to watch a clip of the band's Nov. 22, 1928 performance.

You might also like:

Taste of Charleston
Coast

Mount Pleasant

Coast

Coast

The
Coast Region

Learn More
Historic Boone Hall Plantation is transformed into a sea of culinary enchantment! 50 of the Lowcountry’s favorite casual and fine dining restaurants serving sample size portions, plus beer and wine. Highlights of the Main Event include: specialty and...
The Boardwalk Inn At Wild Dunes Resort
Coast

Isle of Palms

Coast

Coast

The
Coast Region

Learn More
The AAA Four Diamond Boardwalk Inn is spacious in size and gracious in decor, and the rooms and suites reflect the spirit of nearby historic Charleston. Designed for ultimate comfort, as well as business productivity, these luxurious accommodations...
Greater Summerville / Dorchester County Chamber Of Commerce
Coast

Summerville

Coast

Coast

The
Coast Region

Learn More
Located just 24 miles from downtown Charleston, Summerville (in beautiful Dorchester County) is one of the most charming and quaint communities you’ll find with a pace of life that is a little more relaxed. People are friendly and like to say hello, and...
Mullet Hall Equestrian Center At Johns Island County Park
Coast

Johns Island

Coast

Coast

The
Coast Region

Learn More
This 738-acre facility is the host site for competitive horse shows, festivals, events and exhibits, featuring four show rings and two 98-stall barns. Also a great spot for trail riding, the site boasts some 20 miles of trails winding through Southern...
Event
Coast

Charleston

Coast

Coast

The
Coast Region

Learn More
Forget the box of chocolates for your Valentine this February; Charleston restaurant Circa 1886 is inviting you and your sweetheart to instead enjoy an entire dinner of sweets. The AAA Four-Diamond, Mobil Four-Star restaurant located on the grounds of...
Bacco Italian Restaurant
Coast

Mount Pleasant

Coast

Coast

The
Coast Region

Learn More
Since the summer of 2007, Bacco Italian Restaurant has served Mt. Pleasant, Charleston and its surrounding areas “la cucina Italiana” or the Italian kitchen. Being a true regional Italian restaurant, Bacco’s dishes are inspired by the northern regions of...