• Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation Introduced on Behalf of Rosenwald Schools

    June 26, 2019

    On June 13, Congress took a big step towards establishing a national historical park that would honor the legacy of Julius Rosenwald and Rosenwald Schools. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Representative Danny Davis (D-IL) jointly introduced the Julius Rosenwald and Rosenwald Schools Study Act (H.R. 3250/S. 1863), which would require the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resources study of associated sites and craft a path forward to commemorate this vital part of our nation’s history.

    The National Trust played an integral role in creating a national campaign to support these efforts. Stay tuned for more information and a way for you to get involved this summer. In the meantime, contact your members of Congress and ask them to support this new legislation.

  • Rosenwald Schools Mapping Project Receives National Park Service African American Civil Rights Grant

    January 17, 2017

    On January 12th, the National Trust for Historic Preservation received a $50,000 federal grant through the National Park Service African American Civil Rights Grant Program for the Rosenwald Schools Mapping Project. The funded project will enhance documentation and interpretation of extant Rosenwald Schools and the stories they tell. Using story maps, combining spatial information with text and audiovisuals will promote greater understanding of the schools' past and present.

    "Through the African American Civil Rights Grant Program, we're helping our public and private partners tell unique and powerful stories of the African American struggle for equality in the 20th Century," National Park Service Acting Director Michael Reynolds said.

    In 2016 Congress appropriated funds through the historic preservation fund for the $7.75 million grant program in support of historic preservation of sites associated with the civil rights movement and stories of the African American experience. In total, 39 projects (including projects two other National Treasures sites, A.G. Gaston Motel and Pauli Murray House) were funded in over 20 states.
  • Virginia County Board Recognizes Plans to Restore Rosenwald School

    September 8, 2016

    The Campbell County (Virginia) Board of Supervisors formally announced its support for a local preservation group's plan to restore a former Rosenwald School in Rustburg.

    "In Campbell County, Gabe Hunt and the Rev. T.W. Tweedy mortgaged their homes for $500 to help build the Campbell County Training School. It offered the first post-sixth grade education for black students in Campbell County. The curriculum was designed by Booker T. Washington and focused on trades for men and women."

    This is another excellent example of local preservationists coming together to support the restoration of a Rosenwald school in their community.

    Read more on the WSLS-TV website.

  • Washington Post Covers Legacy of Rosenwald Schools

    August 31, 2015

    Our team loves to hear firsthand accounts of those who attended Rosenwald Schools, and learn about the specific impact it made in their lives and communities. One such school was covered by the Washington Post on Sunday, that we just had to share. The story is about a schoolhouse named Ridgeley, built in 1927 in Capitol Heights, Md. The Post explores the influence this Rosenwald School had on students and also what the larger initiative meant for education in black communities across the south.

    Check out the full article, here. To learn more about the Rosenwald School documentary by Aviva Kempner, visit http://www.rosenwaldfilm.org/home.php.

  • Rosenwald's Legacy -- Sears President's Commitment to Education Still Seen Here

    December 4, 2014

    Excerpted from the Times and Democrat:

    Washington asked Rosenwald if he would build six schoolhouses in rural Alabama to serve black communities where educational facilities were either substandard or nonexistent. Rosenwald agreed. In 2002, to heighten awareness of the threats to these historic resources, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named Rosenwald Schools to its list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. Since then, the National Trust for Historic Preservation formed the Rosenwald Schools Initiative, organizing a team to develop a plan for the preservation of Rosenwald schools.

    Read the full story >>

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