Rosenwald School, Pickensville, AL

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Title

Rosenwald School, Pickensville, AL

Subject

Rosenwald schools
Schools
Rosenwald, Julius, 1862-1932
Booker, Taliaferro Washington, 1856-1915
African American history

Description

The plaque for the historic Rosenwald School stands in front of the school building at 120 Jim Locke Road in Pickensville, Ala.

The plaque reads:

The school was erected in 1925 and sits on three acres donated by two community citizens, Nunnie and Jennie Stinson, parents of Yeuma Stinson-Gillis.

Some educators were: A.B. Bonner, Nora Spencer, Dotha Will Moss, Annie Sherrod, Zora Wright-Stanzel, Laura W. Prude, Yeuma Stinson-Gillis (substitute teacher), and Bernard Jackson. Lunchroom cooks were Johnnie D. Harkins and Yeuma Stinson-Gillis.

Booker T. Washington, Principal of the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute (now Tuskegee University) developed the Rosenwald School program with funding from Julius Rosenwald, CEO of Sears & Roebuck, to improve the quality of public education for African Americans. They constructed over 5,300 schools in rural areas of 15 southern states including 389 in Alabama. This school is the only one of the six Rosenwald School buildings constructed in Pickens County found to be still standing so far. It educated generations of children until it closed in the mid-1960s.

Listed in the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage on December 16, 2010.

Creator

Betty Slowe

Source

Betty Slowe

Date

September, 2020

Contributor

Betty Slowe (Description)

Type

Photograph

Identifier

2571

Coverage

Pickens County (AL)

Original Format

Photograph

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