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Rosenwald Schools

Rosenwald schools, named for the philanthropist who provided the initial funding for what ended up being thousands of schools, represent an important aspect of the development of Black education in the rural South during the segregation era. lulius Rosenwald, through his generosity, helped stimulate opportunities for the education of African Americans that otherwise would not have been possible. Although occasionally criticized for being part of the “Tuskegee machine,” the Rosenwald schools clearly contributed to an improved quality of education for southern Blacks in small towns and communities where such options did not otherwise exist. This entry looks at their history and contributions.

The Initial Funding

Lulius Rosenwald was the president of the catalog and department store chain Sears, Roebuck and Company from 1908 to 1922, and the ...

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