The Rosenwald Schools: Progressive Era Philanthropy in the Segregated South

This lesson is based on the National Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Covers "The Rosenwald School Building Fund and Associated Buildings (Alabama)," "Rosenwald Schools in Georgia, 1912-1937," "Rosenwald Schools of Anne Arundel County, Maryland (1921-1932)," "The Rosenwald School Building Program in South Carolina, 1917-1932," "The Rosenwald School Building Program in Texas, 1920-1932," and "Rosenwald Schools in Virginia." It was published in June 2015.

1. To describe the Progressive Era forces behind the modernization of schools for African American students in the segregated South;

2. To identify Julius Rosenwald and Booker T. Washington as founders of the Rosenwald school building program;

3. To describe the architectural features of Rosenwald schools and how the schools were used;

4. To report on a Progressive Era leader and explain his or her motivations and accomplishments.

Rebekah Dobrasko
Organization Affiliation
National Park Service