The Rosenwald School Story

Julius Rosenwald, president and leader of Sears, Roebuck and Company, donated millions of dollars to have black schools built in the South.  By 1920, the Rosenwald Fund in Chicago, established its office for the school building program in Nashville. At program’s conclusion in 1932, it had produced 4,977 new black schools, including nearly 900 in  Continue Reading »


Board of Education Minutes 1905-1966

Madison County, North Carolina Board of Education Minutes Related to the “Mars Hill Colored School” Also known as the “Long Ridge” and “Anderson School” – A Rosenwald Fund School Compiled by Pauline Cheek and Dan Slagle Madison County Board of Education Minutes (pdf version) Jan. 2 & 3, 1905: It was moved that districts which  Continue Reading »


The Long Ridge School

According to oral interviews with Manuel Briscoe, Augusta Ray, and Shirley Sewell, the Long Ridge School was in this community from 1906 until the Rosenwald School was built, (“Long Ridge Schools in Memory and On Record,” paper by Edwin B. Cheek, 1983, Mars Hill College Archives). Contribute your memories to this project, please complete our  Continue Reading »


Historical Moments

Students from this school have attracted both state and national attention: * In March 1910 the mother and father of Billy Strayhorn, the eminent African American composer-arranger, were married in the Mt. Olive Church. Both his mother and his maternal grandmother had attended Long Ridge School (David Hajou, LUSH LIFE: BIOGRAPHY OF BILLY STRAYHORN, New  Continue Reading »



History of the Rosenwald School Building Program

The Rosenwald rural school building program was a major effort to improve the quality of public education for African Americans in the early twentieth-century South. In 1912, Julius Rosenwald gave Booker T. Washington permission to use some of the money he had donated to Tuskegee Institute for the construction of six small schools in rural  Continue Reading »