Rosenwald Schools in the Jim Crow South: Beacons of Opportunity, Foundations for Hope
Join us for a Saturday symposium featuring Mary Hoffschwelle, Joyce Perdue-Smith, and Walter Allen, Jr.! This event will examine the history of Rosenwald Fund Schools and their role in the African-American community along with local initiatives to preserve surviving structures.
Dr. Mary Hoffschwelle, professor of history at Middle Tennessee State University, will deliver the keynote address. Her publications include The Rosenwald Schools of the American South, New Perspectives on the History of the South and "Preserving Rosenwald Schools," part of the Preservation Book series, National Trust for Historic Preservation. Joyce Perdue-Smith, chairman of the Fairview-E.S. Brown Heritage Corporation, will also speak about ongoing efforts in Cave Spring, Georgia, to restore a Rosenwald school, ensure its addition to the National Historical Registry, and develop a permanent museum exhibit there. Walter Allen, Jr., independent scholar and publisher of Zebra magazine, will talk about Rosenwald schools in the greater-Athens area.
Event made possible through the generous support of the Russell Foundation Programming Endowment and the University of Georgia Press. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
- Saturday, February 23, 2019
- 1:00pm - 5:00pm
- Special Collections Auditorium
- Richard B. Russell Special Collections Library