Thanks to the work of pioneering grassroots activists and the National Trust’s Rosenwald Schools Initiative, Rosenwald schools have begun to be identified, preserved and celebrated. Key to the success of the project is the outstanding support provided by Madison County Schools, Mars Hill College, and the dedication of the Historic Anderson Rosenwald Rehabilitation Project committee. Grants are being sought to help preserve the 100 year-old school and return it to an active role at the center of the community.


Exterior Painted 2017

The school gets a fresh coat of paint.


School Update September 2017

The school is looking so much better!  Still lots of work left, but much progress made. We are planning for the National Heritage Registry team, who are scheduled to visit us Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 1:30, and the Joe Anderson Program, which will be held on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at the school. Great  Continue Reading »


Construction 2016-2017

Construction on the school continues thanks to generous funding and the hard work of many volunteers.



Groundbreaking Ceremony 2015 Video

Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School Groundbreaking Ceremony, November 13, 2015 in Mars Hill, North Carolina (Madison County). Video created by Theresa E. Phillips and Ryan E. Phillips, Legacy Films Ltd., www.legacyfilmsltd.com


Interview with Dr. David L. Briscoe – Video

Richard Dillingham interviews Dr. David L. Briscoe at the Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Mars Hill, North Carolina in 2015. Thank you Dr. Briscoe for allowing us to capture this great information for future generations to enjoy. Thank you Richard for asking all of the important questions. Video created by Theresa E. Phillips and Ryan  Continue Reading »


What's New

Invitation to Alumni and Family Members of Alumni

Your presence is requested for an interview for an upcoming children’s picture book on the history of Rosenwald Schools. The two co-authors, Marti Rosner & Frye Gaillard, shared that, “We are co-authoring a book about The Rosenwald Schools. The book we are working on is a children’s picture book, 32 pages, to be published sometime  Continue Reading »


February 2018 Events

Thursday, February 15 Oralene Simmons will be sharing her Journey story at Madison Middle School, 95 Upper Brush Creek Road, Marshall at the following times: 8:10 AM, 9:10 AM, and 12:50 PM. You are welcome to attend anyone of these. Please check-in at the office to get a visitor’s pass. Monday, February 19 at 3:00  Continue Reading »



African-American Families of School-Age Children 1930 & 1940

Federal Census 1930 for Madison County, North Carolina Number denotes number of children, ages 6-21 in the household (Spellings by Census Taker) MARS HILL: Coon, Doug/Sarah … 2 Henson, John … 5 Young, Ruth … 3 Rooker, Clersie Read More...

Madison Meets its Obligation – News-Record, August 27, 1964

News-Record, August 27, 1964

Mars Hill Negroes Seek New School – News-Record, April 9, 1964

News-Record, April 9, 1964

Did Yancey County Students Attend the Mars Hill Colored School In the 1950s?

Madison County Board of Education Minutes of July 2, 1956 state, "The Board voted to accept negro elementary school children from Yancey County under provisions of agreement to be worked Read More...

Historical Notes 1905-1927

Submitted by Dan Slagle, March 6, 2012 Covers the purchse of the land in 1905 to the payment made to build the school in 1927.