But What About Us?
Student Photographs from the Corridor of Shame

"BUT WHAT ABOUT US? Student Photographs from the Corridor of Shame" is a traveling photography exhibit that seeks to identify malingering conditions in elementary, middle and high schools in the state’s rural communities through the eyes and words of students themselves.

Some 250 students in middle and high schools in seven rural school districts participated in this project by photographing images in their schools during March and April of 2006.

The student photography exhibit was unveiled at a news conference in the entrance hall of the State House on Tuesday, May 9, 2006. The student photographers, their teachers and superintendents were on hand to unveil the exhibit.

The exhibit consists of four portable 8' x 10' collapsible display units presenting 60 photographs, captions and the students' names, grades and schools. The exhibit will be on display following the news conference on the ground floor of the Blatt House Office Building from May 9-11 and then begin a tour of the state.

Piecemeal, short-term judicial and legislative remedies will remain woefully insufficient to address the obvious needs of South Carolina's rural schools. Until these deficiencies, powerfully represented by these student photographers, are comprehensively addressed, this state's rural school children, over 132,000 of them, will continue to languish and South Carolina's educational rankings will remain among the lowest in the nation. To find out what you can do, click here.

“Corridor of Shame: the neglect of South Carolina’s rural schools” is a 58 minute documentary on the plight of the state’s rural schools and has won six national awards.