“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Kennard in Houston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Former Rosenwald School

(Now “The Little Red Schoolhouse")

Former Rosenwald School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, March 28, 2010
1. Former Rosenwald School Marker
Inscription. A symbol of Black America's pride in education, plus crusade of Julius Rosenwald (1862-1932), a Chicagoan who in 1913 began to fund school buildings for Negroes. By 1920, when this one-teacher structure was built at Ratcliff (4 miles east), Rosenwald's grants had to be matched--in this case, by Houston County funds.

Alfred Foy (1865-1944), a veteran of brush arbor and log cabin classrooms, taught in this building at Ratcliff 1920-23 and 1924-27; Miss Detroit Denman, 1923-24; Mrs. Evola Colbert Dorn, 1927-55. Their pupils' playground equipment consisted of a baseball diamond, basketball goal, mulberry tree and swing. Yet patrons--true to zeal that helped obtain the building--brought in food and saw that the children had hot lunches.

Sessions ceased in 1955 when the Ratcliff school was consolidated with Kennard Common School District No. 75. The Ratcliff building was used 1955-68 as the community center for socials and public meetings. In 1968 the "Old Rosenwald School" was moved to Kennard for use by Headstart and related programs.

Texas had a total of 518 school buildings funded by the Rosenwald Foundation--22 of them in Houston County--providing classrooms for thousands.
Erected 1973 by Texas State Historical Survey Commission. (Marker Number 11241.)
Marker series.
Former Rosenwald School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, March 28, 2010
2. Former Rosenwald School Marker
This marker is included in the Rosenwald Schools marker series.
Location. 31° 21.678′ N, 95° 10.8′ W. Marker is in Kennard, Texas, in Houston County. Marker is on State Highway 7, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kennard TX 75847, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kennard (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Baptist Church of Kennard (approx. 0.2 miles away); Community of Coltharp (approx. 1.2 miles away); Hagerville Community (approx. 1.2 miles away); Four C Mill (approx. 2.6 miles away); Ratcliff (approx. 3.2 miles away); Ratcliff CCC Camp (approx. 3.3 miles away); The Joseph R. Rice Log Cabin (approx. 12.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Kennard.
Categories. African AmericansEducation
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. This page has been viewed 533 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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