Medical College of South Carolina - 1886
(South Carolina Library Archives)
In August 1886, the College faced another disaster with the Great Earthquake of 1886. The city experienced widespread destruction. Damage to the Medical College Building was extensive, as can been seen in the above photograph taken shortly after the earthquake.
1886 Charleston Earthquake Facts
Approximately 110 persons lost their lives in the quake.
90% of Charleston's brick buildings were damaged.
The quake was a magnitude 7.6.
Dollar estimates of the damage caused by the quake were $5.5 Million*
*This converts to over $101 Million in today's economy.
Once again, after the quake the College's faculty determined that the College would open its doors. They determined that the College would not suffer from this disaster like it had in previous ones like the Civil War.
The process of repairing and rebuilding the College was started immediately.
Of note was the generous support from the citizens of the City of Boston, who contributed some $2,500 to the rebuilding of the College. In addition to these donations, the state legislature appropriated $5,000 for the rebuilding effort.
The restored building served the College until it moved to its present day location. Unfortunately, the original College building was demolished in the 1930's to make way for a housing project.
Despite adversity, the College was reborn, and the spirit behind this great institution lived to see another day.
Earthquake Safety Information - FEMA
For more information about the history of MUSC, contact the Waring Historical Library.