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BRCLL Courses, May - August, 2017

Rosenwald Schools

1 Session
Wednesday, May 17
10:00 a.m. - Noon
BRCC, Room 150, Patton Building
Member Fee:  $20, Non-Member Fee:  $30

In the early 20th century, Dr. Booker T. Washington, prominent educator and founder of the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, and Mr. Julius Rosenwald, the president of Sears, Roebuck and Co. and a wealthy philanthropist, developed “one of the most important partnerships to advance African-American education”. Their plan for elementary schools to be built in rural areas included even the building blueprint.

By 1932, there were approximately 5,000-5,600 Rosenwald Schools built in the South, including approximately 800+ in North Carolina. Most of these community schools were subsequently neglected, abandoned and/or demolished. This course will present historical and present-day information about this educational system situated in Appalachia.

In 2009, the “Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School Committee” was formed in Madison County, NC. Members include past and present local educators, past students of the Rosenwald School and interested community members united in a desire to rehabilitate the still-standing Rosenwald School in Mars Hill. This school was attended by students from 1926-1965. The Committee guests will share the Rosenwald Schools story, information about their local Mars Hill School and encourage browsing of a vast “Our Story, Our Place” display.

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