The remarkable history and rehabilitation of the Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School.
Our Story, This Place tells the fascinating history of the Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School in the Long Ridge Community of Mars Hill, North Carolina, providing comprehensive information about Black education in the rural South from after the Civil War through the time of desegregation.
Published in August 2022, this new book tells the story of the almost century-old Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School in the Long Ridge Community of Mars Hill, North Carolina. One of 500+ “Rosenwald Schools” in North Carolina (and 5,000 across the South), it is one of the few buildings left standing in the state, and the only one owned by a local school board: the Madison County Board of Education.
Restored through the efforts of several dozen members of the historic Black Long Ridge community and many other friends, the school has been reimagined as both a historic site and an interactive, educational museum. It is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
This book provides comprehensive information about Black education in the rural South from after the Civil War through the time of desegregation, sharing personal reminiscences by alumni and descendants of the many education leaders dating back more than a century. It is a fascinating story, capturing what might well be a lost history of a people and a place that shaped the destiny of thousands in western North Carolina.
Our Story, This Place is available for purchase at pisgahpress.com and Amazon.com. Proceeds from sales of the book will benefit the Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School and its programs.
Pages from the Book
The Historic Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School: Our Story, This Place by Richard Dillingham, Dan Slagle, Sarah Weston Hart, with contributions from Pauline Cheek, Charity Ray, and Dorothy Coone; 190 pages; ISBN-13: 978-1942016748