Rosenwald Schools: Advancing African American Education in the Early 20th Century
November 11, 1:00-2:00
Speaker: Valerie Coleman, Noble Hill-Wheeler Memorial Center
Learn more about the history and legacy of the Rosenwald Schools concept, a partnership between Booker T. Washington and Julius Rosenwald, head of the Sears, Roebuck & Company, to educate African American children in the rural south. Five thousand Rosenwald schools were created between 1917-1932 and educated children up until 1954 when desegregation caused the schools to become obsolete.
About the Speaker:
Valerie Coleman, a native of Cartersville, Georgia, is the Curator of Bartow County’s Noble Hill-Wheeler Memorial Center, a former Rosenwald School. Her background in hospitality and information systems, interests in African American history, American history and genealogy, as well as her family ties to the construction of the Nobile Hill School have been instrumental in her dedication to preserving this little-known piece of African American history.