Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School Commemoration
Join CJJ members and other community members for a special event honoring the Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School.* Scattered across the North Carolina countryside, many Rosenwald schools stand almost forgotten, but luckily, we have one in Mars Hill that stands as a testament to the massive effort in the early 1900s to improve Black rural schooling in the South through public-private partnership.
Please come to enjoy historical reenactments honoring ancestors, acknowledging alumni, and welcoming descendants of Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School & community. Learn about WNC Native and African American traditions through ceremonial renditions of percussion, song, chants, poems, and prayer.
CJJ members interested in attending are invited to meet at 3:15 pm at Congregation Beth Israel’s parking lot (229 Murdock Ave, Asheville, NC 28804) to carpool or caravan to Mars Hill Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church. Marlene Jacoby is the CJJ contact: [email protected]
*A bit of history: The Rosenwald Schools were conceived in the 1910s by Black educator Booker T. Washington and Jewish philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, the CEO of Sears Roebuck. Rosenwald offered matching grants to rural communities interested in building Black schools. By the early 1930s thousands of old shanty schoolhouses had been replaced with new, larger structures constructed from modern standardized plans. NC leads in the number of Rosenwald schools, with more than 800 schools.
40 Mount Olive Church Dr
Mars Hill, NC 28754
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