• NPS Launches Special Resource Study for Julius Rosenwald and Rosenwald Schools

    June 29, 2022

    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.

    A town hall meeting on July 6 will focus on Illinois sites associated with Julius Rosenwald's life and philanthropy followed by a discussion of Rosenwald Schools on July 7.

    Additional details are located on a new NPS webpage that describes the special resource study process and opportunities for the public to share their perspectives.

    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.

  • Julius Rosenwald and Rosenwald Schools Study Act Signed into Law

    January 13, 2021

    On January 13, the president signed into law the Julius Rosenwald and Rosenwald Schools Study Act (H.R. 3250) following the quick passage of the legislation by the House and Senate in late December. The bill, introduced in the House by Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL) and Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) in the Senate, authorizes a special resources study of the sites associated with the life and legacy of Julius Rosenwald and the Rosenwald Schools. The National Trust has worked closely with the Julius Rosenwald and Rosenwald Schools National Historical Park Campaign, National Parks Conservation Association, and other partners to advance this legislation 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 working to save Rosenwald Schools, including placing the schools on the 2002 America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places List and submitting testimony to Congress. The Trust will continue our collaborative efforts with partners to make the new National Park Service site a reality.

  • Q & A: Brent Leggs

    October 15, 2020

    The National Trust has a long history working to save Rosenwald Schools, including a place on the 2002 America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places List. In addition to the National Trust’s efforts to raise awareness and provide assistance, grassroots activists, local governments, and churches that own Rosenwald Schools are finding creative new uses for them.

    Recently, Antiques and the Arts conducted a Q&A with Brent Leggs, the executive director of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund. Leggs explains the importance of Rosenwald Schools, saying “Arguably, the Rosenwald Schools story is equal to Brown vs Board of Education. It’s one of the most important educational stories of Twentieth Century America. It’s also important in today’s time, telling how a multiracial community, including Booker T. Washington and Julius Rosenwald—men from different backgrounds—came together as social justice champions in their fight against the inequitable and poor educational facilities that Black kids and families had to endure across the South.”

    Leggs also said, “The National Trust and National Parks Conservation Association have collaborated on the newly created Julius Rosenwald and Rosenwald Schools National Historical Park Campaign with the goal of establishing a multi-site park in the National Park System telling the story of Julius Rosenwald and Rosenwald Schools. This would be the first of more than 420 National Park Service units to commemorate the life and contributions of a Jewish American.”

    Ask your members of Congress to support the preservation of Rosenwald School here.

    Read the full article in Antiques and the Arts online.

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