Switzer Library’s Wednesday Evening Lecture Series continues Wednesday, February 19 with a discussion on the Rosenwald Schools by Jeanne Cyriaque, African American Programs Coordinator of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The free program starts at 7 p.m.

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A Rosenwald School in Paulding County. Photo credit: Georgia Department of Natural Resources

This description of the Rosenwald Schools is from the DNR’s Historic Preservation Division’s African American page:

“Between 1915 and 1937, the Julius Rosenwald Fund provided funding and plans for the construction of 259 schools throughout the state. To date, approximately four dozen of the Georgia schools have been identified. The fund had a significant impact upon the advancement of African American education in the state of Georgia, and was a welcome relief for the state’s African American population that had long endured the hardships and injustices imposed by the South’s segregated public education system. In addition to assisting with the construction of new school buildings, the fund also advocated extending the school term for black students, increasing compensation received by black educators, subsidizing transportation for black students, and supporting the development of libraries.”

The final lecture in the series of four presented in February in observance of African American History Month is Wednesday, February 26, 7 p.m., on Gullah-Geechee of Coastal Georgia & South Carolina by Seneca Vaught, Kennesaw State assistant professor of history and interdisciplinary studies.

For more information on the Wednesday Evening Lecture Series, please call (770) 528-2320.

Wednesday Evening Lecture on Historic Rosenwald Schools @ Switzer Library
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