• 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 >>

  • Introducing Rosenwald Schools

    July 19, 2012

    I’m Tracy Hayes, the National Trust’s project manager for the Rosenwald Schools National Treasure. So far, 2012 has been exciting and busy for our team. Topping the list of highlights and milestones is a unique meeting of the minds that I’d like to dedicate this first post to.

    After nearly a year’s worth of planning with our partners in Alabama, we held the first National Rosenwald Schools Conference, 100 Years of Pride, Progress, and Preservation, at Tuskegee University – the place where the Rosenwald School movement all began. The 54 education sessions, documentary screenings, discussions, tours, and workshops delivered tailor-made information and support to groups saving and restoring historic Rosenwald Schools. Community groups, school alumni, Rosenwald and Washington descendants, historians, and preservationists comprised the more than 300 conference attendees representing 22 states. Speakers, including world-renowned poet, activist, and educator Nikki Giovanni, drew in local attendees to events open to the public, swelling attendance to over 400 by the closing session.

    For those of us on the planning end, it was an extraordinary experience, worth every sleepless night and minute of overtime we put in to pull it off. But don’t just take it from me; our conference attendees say it best:

    “The atmosphere at the conference was one of great excitement and enthusiasm since so many attendees seemed to be alumni and/or those interested in saving a particular school. I also thought the range of topics, from bureaucratic process to Facebook/blog campaigns, were really interesting and more inclusive than your average conference.”

    “There is a rich heritage at Tuskegee that permeated the souls of many of us who were present.”

    “Such a wonderful spirit of camaraderie and support was present. The sessions were just the right mix of beginner and more advanced level a nice balance of history and technical information, too.”

    “The things I learned at the National Rosenwald Schools Conference held at Tuskegee University were life changing. This was by far the best professional and personal development conference I have ever attended. The story of what Julius Rosenwald and Booker T. Washington did for the world must be told.”

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