What's inside the mystery box found behind the Class of 1931 brick?

WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. -- It has the makings of a great mystery novel.

Crews working this summer to renovate the exterior of the Brookland-Cayce High School auditorium removed a brick engraved with “Class of 1931.” Tucked away behind that brick was a medium-sized slightly rectangular box, rusted and soldered shut.

The box will be opened -- for the first time since its discovery -- during the Brookland-Cayce High School Foundation’s Annual Membership and Barbecue Supper, set for Tuesday, October 16. The date was rescheduled due to expected inclement weather from Hurricane Michael and the closing of district schools and offices that day.

“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 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. Tuesday, October 16, in the Brookland-Cayce High cafeteria. A barbecue supper will be served; take-out hour is 5-6 p.m.

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.