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 rehabilitation of the Historic Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School is the outstanding support provided by Madison County Schools, Mars Hill University, and the dedication of the Friends of the Anderson Rosenwald School. 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.

Note: Throughout this site, the historically outmoded terms “colored” and “negro” are used. Our use of these terms is purely academic and made in reference to historical documents and other research. The usage of these derogatory terms is not encouraged or condoned and is deemed inappropriate.

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August & September Events at the Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School

Please join us to learn more about the school at these special events. Saturday, August 6, 2022 “Why This Place Matters” Story & Tour, 11:00 a.m. Western North Carolina Historical Association Saturday, August 6, 2022 ...
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The Rosenwald School in Mars Hill

Equal Opportunity

The rehabilitated Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School is revived as a beacon of Black history in America. by Melissa Reardon, WNC Magazine, Summer 2022 - Down a scenic mountain road in rural Madison County sits ...
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The Museum Room at the School Takes Shape

The museum room is taking shape! With a bit more work, the room will be finished and ready for tours. The room includes panels from the exhibition "Our Story, This Place — The History of ...
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Oralene Anderson Graves Simmons

Mars Hill University Honors Oralene Simmons

Mars Hill University's spring commencement ceremony honored not only nearly 175 graduates, but also the university's first African American student. Oralene Simmons, who broke the color barrier in the early 1960s, was presented an honorary ...
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DNCR Visits the School

Three officials with the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources came to visit the School on Thursday, April 7, 2022. They met with Willa Wyatt and alumni of the school to see the ...
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PAGE’s Quilting Exhibit

A quilting and storytelling project, led by Teaching Artist Jenny Pickens, became a lens for helping girls honor the stories of the Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School’s alumni and former teachers. The new humanities PageLab, ...
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