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‘Unlocking the Doors of Opportunity


The Rosenwald Schools
of North Carolina’

Schools for African Americans in the rural South were grossly underfunded in the Jim Crow era. Rosenwald Schools were conceived as a way to get Blacks and Whites to cooperate in building schoolhouses. They succeeded brilliantly, educating hundreds of thousands of Black children throughout the South.

North Carolinians built nearly 800 Rosenwald Schools, more than any other state.

In the early 20th century, a collaboration between Booker T. Washington, the famous

African American educator, and Julius Rosenwald, a Jewish businessman

and philanthropist, led to the construction of nearly 5,000 schools for

black children in the rural South.

Rosenwald Schools changed America for the better. Our nation still reaps the benefits today.

Read more about Rosenwald Schools in North Carolina.

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