What’s in the box? Midlands school unearths possible time capsule from first graduating class

What’s in the box? Midlands school unearths possible time capsule from first graduating class
The box, found behind a “Class of 1931” brick this summer during renovations at Brookland-Cayce High’s auditorium.

CAYCE, SC (WIS) - When construction crews working on renovations and additions to Brookland-Cayce High School, they found an old, metal box behind a brick engraved "Class of 1931," the school's inaugural class.

The medium-sized box was rectangular in shape, rusted, and soldered shut - and has not been opened since it was closed more than nearly 90 years.

The Class of 1931 brick outside the school auditorium.(Source: Lexington School District Two)
The Class of 1931 brick outside the school auditorium.(Source: Lexington School District Two) (Source: Lexington School District Two)

And the box won’t be opened until the school can round up all of the Bearcats past and present and reveal the contents at the Brookland-Cayce High School Education Foundation BBQ on Oct. 11 at 6 p.m.

“It’s been here at the school since it was discovered this summer, and there has been a lot of guessing about what the Class of 1931 might have left behind for us to find, all these decades later,” said Principal Gregg Morton. “We’re all excited to open it.”

The box, found behind a “Class of 1931” brick this summer during renovations at Brookland-Cayce High’s auditorium. (Source: Lexington School District Two)
The box, found behind a “Class of 1931” brick this summer during renovations at Brookland-Cayce High’s auditorium. (Source: Lexington School District Two)

The box was scanned earlier this week at the 1930s-era high school by Thomas Hamilton of the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, for a possible idea of its contents. And while Hamilton had some guesses as to what might be inside, the box’s contents will remain sealed until the membership meeting.

That event starts at 6 p.m. in the Brookland-Cayce High cafeteria on Oct. 11. A barbecue supper will be served; takeout hour is 5-6 p.m.

During a visit to the school earlier this week, Thomas Hamilton looks at X-ray images of the box. (Source: Lexington School District Two)
During a visit to the school earlier this week, Thomas Hamilton looks at X-ray images of the box. (Source: Lexington School District Two) (Source: Lexington School District Two)

The Brookland-Cayce High School Education Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports and promotes educational programs at the Lexington 2 school.

Tickets are $30 and include an associate membership. They may be purchased on the website in advance at https://bchsfoundation.org or at the door.

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