The Story of Joseph Anderson

Rough research, 1999-2010, by Richard Dillingham The legend of Joe comes to us from oral tradition, both white and black. The legend was first published in 1907, again in the 1930’s, and in McLeod’s college history, From These Stones in Read More …

History Overview

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 Read More …

The Long Ridge School

In 1928, the Madison County School Board erected a new two-room school structure where the old building stood, using the Rosenwald School Plan No. 20, leaving the industrial room off the new building. In 1929, $750 in monies came from Read More …

Historical Moments

Students from the Long Ridge School have attracted both state and national attention. Billy Strayhorn 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 Read More …

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 Read More …