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Julius Rosenwald And The Rosenwald Schools

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Tom Bullock
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WFAE
Once the Caldwell Rosenwald School, this building on Sam Furr Road is now home to the Burgess Supply Company, a carpet store.

In the early part of the 20th century, educational opportunities were limited across the south for African Americans until Julius Rosenwald stepped up to fill that gap. Though he never finished school himself, he rose to become head of Sears, Roebuck and started a fund that built nearly 5,000 schools from Maryland to Texas between 1913 and 1932. A look at the legacy of the Rosenwald Schools here and around the south.

Event
Rosenwald Screening, Ballantyne Village Stadium 5

Guests

Dan Morrill - director of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission and history professor emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  

Aviva Kempner - filmmaker and director of “Rosenwald,” a documentary on the life of Julius Rosenwald

Bettie Edwards-Murchison - one of the last alumni of the W.E.B. DuBois School in Wake Forest, Wake County, and an activist who has helped lead its restoration and re-use. 

History South: Rosenwald Schools