By Rebecca Drew
HAUNTING pictures have revealed the decaying remains of a 39-acre college that was first founded to educate freed slaves.
Eerie images from the science laboratory show animal skeletons and a taxidermy pheasant scattered on worktops, mountains of glass tubes dumped on the floor and globes left on desks.
Other shots show books lined up on shelves and an assembly hall with collapsing stage.
The spooky photographs were taken at an abandoned college in south-eastern USA by a photographer known only as Abandoned Southeast using a Canon DSLR camera equipped with Tamron lens.
“What you are looking at is an abandoned college that dates back to the late 1800s,” said Abandoned Southeast.
“The college was mostly shuttered in 1997 after losing accreditation.
“In 2014, the science centre was taken over by the EPA while they removed thousands of hazardous and flammable chemicals. You can see from the photos they did not remove much else.
“I got the idea to visit here through a friend that suggested that I check out the college, during the day the college is a ghost town and we walked around for hours.”
The college was established in 1875 as part of a missionary effort to educate freed slaves. The students were responsible for building most of the college’s 17-buildings. After years of money struggles, the college closed its doors for good in Autumn 2015.
“I’ve been exploring for years, I got involved in photography about three years ago. I wanted to capture the abandoned places I was visiting since most of them were being torn down or renovated,” added Abandoned Southeast.
“I love to explore and discover what could be left behind in many of these abandoned places and I want to share my explores with others through photography.”