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Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Rosenwald School in Danger of Demolition
UnionHurstSchool is one of two Rosenwald schools in BathCounty, Virginia. UnionHurstSchool is currently in poor condition and in danger of demolition unless a new owner with the necessary resources is interested in acquiring and rehabilitating it.
Union Hurst School
Rosenwald Schools were built primarily for the education of African-Americans in the early 20th century by Julius Rosenwald, an American clothier who became the president of Sears, Roebuck and Company.
The schools were built from Maryland to Texas using state-of-the-art architectural plans designed by professors at Tuskegee Institute.
To promote collaboration between white and black citizens, Rosenwald required communities to commit public funds to the schools, as well as to contribute additional cash donations. Black communities all over the south raised more than $4.7 million to aid in construction of the schools. Over 4,500 schools, 200 teachers' homes, and other buildings were constructed through the use of matching grants.
By 1932, the facilities could accommodate one-third of all African-American children in the South.