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Rosenwald School discovered in Owensboro

A one-room schoolhouse in Owensboro has been added to a national database of schools built for black children in the early 20th century.

Julius Rosenwald - Wikimedia Commons

Julius Rosenwald was an American businessman and philanthropist. He is known for establishing the Rosenwald Fund, which donated millions in matching funds to support the education of African American children in the rural South. - Wikipedia

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) - A one-room schoolhouse in Owensboro has been added to a national database of schools built for black children in the early 20th century.

The schoolhouse is in Pioneer Village at Yellow Creek Park. It was one of 5,357 public schools, manual training shops and teacher cottages built in the South with grants from the Rosenwald Fund between 1912 and 1932. A total of 158 of them were built in 41 Kentucky counties.

Fisk University in Nashville maintains a database of Rosenwald Schools around the country.

Friends of Pioneer Village Executive Director Sean Dysinger told the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer says the head of the project at Fisk thought the Owensboro school had been torn down, which is why it wasn't included on the list until now.

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