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.


School added to the National Register of Historic Places

On May 31, 2018 the Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The school is listed as the Mars Hill School, MD0253. Take a look at this excerpt from the documentation!


Rosenwald School Update – April 2018

Update on the school and events from Willa Wyatt. The school now looks like the original building, with only the brick piers showing. I know you will like the way it looks! The old pine flooring has been purchased and will be delivered soon. The HVAC plan has been determined and I will share the  Continue Reading »


Aerial Photos of the Mars Hill Rosenwald School

Photos taken by Ryan Philips, August 2016



Madison County Board of Education Resolution

Reading of the Resolution for the Anderson Rosenwald School by the Madison County Board of Education. The Madison County Board of Education Members and Principals read the Resolution for the Anderson Rosenwald School honoring the 90th Anniversary of the school. Posted by Madison County Schools on Thursday, January 3, 2019 The Madison County Board of  Continue Reading »


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


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Grand Public Celebration

Friday, August 30, 2019 10:00 AM – Opening Ceremony at MHU Broyhill Chapel 11:00 AM at Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School 225 Mount Olive Drive, Mars Hill, NC Ribbon Cutting and Tour of School Shuttle Buses will be provided for this event Noon – Celebratory Luncheon MHU Redway Dining Room Please RSVP to willa.p.wyatt@gmail.com by  Continue Reading »


Interior Renovations Spring 2019

  Renovations have begun on the interior of the school. The ceiling joists have been repaired and additional wood has been added to the addition to give space for the insulation. As the interior work has begun, some minor changes have been made to the original plans. The rough-in plumbing began this month and the  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.