WNC Magazine – School Reformed

An historic schoolhouse for African Americans in Madison County finds a new community role Written By: Jon Elliston; Photograph by: Emily Chaplin In the Jim Crow era, African Americans attended separate and decidedly unequal schools throughout the South. However, some black students received a major boost in the 1920s when philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, president of  Continue Reading »


Mars Hill alumni of African-American school lead restoration effort

from the Asheville Citizen-Times, Mar. 13, 2012. Written by Melissa Dean More than 60 years later, school days have returned for Dorothy Coone. She’s among the former students working to restore the Anderson Rosenwald School she attended here in the 1940s, now a deteriorated shell of a building. “It has been there so long,  Continue Reading »


Anderson School renovation project begins in Mars Hill

from the Asheville Citizen-Times, Oct. 12, 2010. Staff reports The Anderson School in the Long Ridge Community of Mars Hill doesn’t look like much these days.  It stands proud but silent against the onslaught of time, as vines and saplings crowd against its weathered board walls.  Through broken windows, the remains of the old  Continue Reading »