• 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.

  • Julius Rosenwald and Rosenwald Schools Study Act Passes Congress

    December 23, 2020

    On December 21, Congress acted to pass the Julius Rosenwald and Rosenwald Schools Study Act, (H.R. 3250 / S. 1863) introduced by Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL) and Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL). The legislation 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 National Parks Conservation Association, the Julius Rosenwald & Rosenwald Schools National Historical Park Campaign, 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 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, 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. This would also be the first of more than 420 National Park Service units to commemorate the life and contributions of a Jewish American.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

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