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 Our use of these terms is purely academic and made in reference to historical documents and other research.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.

Latest News

February 2024 Genealogy Programs

In celebration of Black History Month, Friends of the Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School are sponsoring two Genealogy Programs which have been designed to guide participants on how to research the history of Madison County ...
Charity Ray in 2009

A Black History Event Honoring Charity Ray

Charity Ray was a local treasure and a friend to all. To honor her as an artist, a dedicated alumni, and a Christian servant, the Friends of the Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School and members ...

New Virtual Tour of the School

Ryan Phillips has created a virtual tour of the Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School. You can now explore the school in detail from the comfort of your home. View the tour at tourwizard.net/rosenwaldschool/nb/ ...
The classroom

July 2023 Meeting

Greetings MHARS Friends (Past, Present, and Future), It has been sometime since we have gathered to reflect on the 14-year journey of rehabilitating the MHARS. Through each of your dedicated efforts over these years, the ...

Unlocking the Doors of Opportunity Now Showing on PBS

A documentary about the Rosenwald Schools of NC. In the early 1900s, North Carolina and other Southern states largely ignored their responsibility to provide education for rural Black children. Unlocking the Doors of Opportunity illustrates ...

Exhibit of Paintings by Charity Ray

Opening at Mars Landing Galleries on Saturday, March 25, 2023 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Among the many distinguished alumni of the Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School is local watercolor artist Charity Ray. She devoted ...

History of the School