Bringing The World Home To You

© 2021 WUNC North Carolina Public Radio
120 Friday Center Dr
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
919.445.9150 | 800.962.9862
91.5 Chapel Hill 88.9 Manteo 90.9 Rocky Mount 91.1 Welcome 91.9 Fayetteville 90.5 Buxton
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Education

Mission To Save African-American “School of Hope” In Western North Carolina

The Children from Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School
https://www.flickr.com/photos/marshillcollege
/
The Children from Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School

  

In 1912, famed educator Booker T. Washington approached philanthropist and Sears Roebuck Company CEO Julius Rosenwald with a plan to build schools for African-American children in the South. 

Together they created a program that eventually led to the creation of 5,300 Rosenwald schools. North Carolina was home to 800 schools- more than any other state. Former students and community supporters are working to rehabilitate one of the schools in Madison County and turn it into a historical venue. A Mars Hill University's Rural Heritage museum exhibit examines the history of African-American education in Madison County from Reconstruction to Civil Rights. 

The school's current condition, but under construction.
Credit flickr.com/photos/marshillcollege
/
The school's current condition, but under construction.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Friends of Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School Rehabilitation Project president, Willa Wyatt; Rural Heritage Museum director Les Reker, and Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School alumnae Fatimah Shabazz.

The exhibit "Our Story/This Place: The History of African American Education in Madison County, N.C." is open now through Feb. 28. The Rural Heritage Museum is open 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday and by appointment and admission is free. 

Related Stories