Southampton County, Virginia: The Courtland School, Courtland, ca. 1928

Photo: Nadia K. Orton, December 10, 2016. All rights reserved.
Photo: Nadia K. Orton, December 10, 2016. All rights reserved.

Courtland School – Rosenwald Funded

Courtland School, which served African American students during the segregation era, was erected here in 1928-1929 at a cost of $4,000. The local African American community raised $1,000, while the county contributed $2,500. The Julius Rosenwald Fund, established by the president of Sears, Roebuck and Company, contributed $500. Rosenwald’s program, which helped pay for the construction of more than 5,000 schools for African Americans across the rural South between 1917 and 1932, was inspired by the work of Booker T. Washington, who died in 1915. Courtland School, built on a standard two-teacher architectural plan, later became Courtland Community Center.”

Photo: Nadia K. Orotn, December 10, 2016. All rights reserved.
Photo: Nadia K. Orton, December 10, 2016. All rights reserved.

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