Following last year’s enactment of the Julius Rosenwald and Rosenwald Schools Study Act (H.R. 3250), the National Park Service (NPS) recently launched the special resource study (SRS) process to evaluate a select list of Rosenwald Schools and sites associated with the life and legacy of American businessman and philanthropist Julius Rosenwald for potential inclusion in the National Park System.
The SRS process provides an opportunity for the public to weigh-in on this important step towards the creation of a National Historical Park beginning with two virtual, public town hall meetings in early July.
The National Trust has worked closely with the Julius Rosenwald and Rosenwald Schools National Historical Park Campaign, National Parks Conservation Association, and other partners as part of a multi-year campaign with the goal of establishing a National Historical Park to celebrate the remarkable legacy of Julius Rosenwald and his partnership with Booker T. Washington to establish Rosenwald Schools throughout the segregated South.
The National Trust has a long history of working to save Rosenwald Schools, including placing the schools on the 2002 America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list, funding the preservation of Rosenwald Schools, and submitting testimony to Congress.