Pride of Place

By Paul Clark, November 8, 2014 – Bold Life Magazine, Efforts to preserve the old schoolhouse for black students in Mars Hill have included the creation of a rehabilitation committee, a Facebook page with news updates, and watercolor depictions showing the school at its finest, painted and presented by former student Charity Ray. Now  Continue Reading »


Our Story – This Place Exhibition

New Exhibition opens at Mars Hill University’s Rural Heritage Museum The History of African American Education in Madison County, North Carolina: The Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School Exhibition dates: September 14, 2014 – February, 28, 2015 Reception: September 14, 2014, 1-3 p.m. This exhibition traces the history of African American education in Western North Carolina,  Continue Reading »


Anderson Rosenwald School – Sept. 2013

Reprinted from the Urban News, September 2013 On Sept. 1, 2013, the Anderson Rosenwald School Project Planning Committee opened the historic building in Mars Hill for donors, supporters, and alumni to see the progress made so far in restoring the 83-year-old building. The school was built in 1929-30 using $750 supplied by Sears, Roebuck president  Continue Reading »


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 »