The National Trust for Historic Preservation has created a special exhibit titled Rosenwald Schools: Reflection and Revival that will be traveling around South Carolina in 2010. The exhibit will visit the I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium in Orangeburg, the Penn Center in St. Helena, Burgess Elementary School in Conway, Dillon County Library in Dillon, and the Sumter African American Cultural Society in Sumter. SC Humanities supported the exhibit through a Major Grant in February 2009.
The Rosenwald Schools are a series of 5,300 structures built in the early 20th century to provide decent public schools for African Americans across the segregated South. Although many of these historic and architecturally significant schools have been lost to time, preservationists continue their search to locate schools that may still be standing, including the approximately 500 Rosenwald Schools built in South Carolina.
The current exhibit tour schedule is:
January 29 – February, 28 2010
I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium, South Carolina State University
March 10 – April 16, 2010
Penn Center, Inc.
St. Helena, SC
April 27 – May 17, 2010
Burgess Elementary School, Horry County Museum
Myrtle Beach, SC
May 17 – June 22, 2010
Dillon County Library
June 22 – July 22, 2010
Sumter African American Cultural Society
**Dates subject to change. Please continue to check back for any schedule updates.
For more information about the Rosenwald Initiative, please see the Web site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation: http://www.preservationnation.org/travel-and-sites/sites/southern-region/rosenwald-schools/.
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