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Near Elkton in Rockingham County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Newtown (East Elkton) School

Newtown (East Elkton) School Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, October 7, 2017
1. Newtown (East Elkton) School Marker
Inscription.  The Newtown School, built here in 1921-1922, served African American students during the segregation era. Julius Rosenwald, president of Sears, Roebuck and Co, collaborated with Booker T. washington in a school-building campaign beginning in 1912. The Rosenwald Fund, Incorporated in 1917, helped build more than 5,000 schools and supporting structures for African Americans in the rural South by 1932. The Fund contributed $1,000 toward the Newtown School while local African Americans donated $872 and Rockingham County gave $2,628. The three-teacher school, the county’s last solely for black students, closed in 1965 and is the only remaining Rosenwald-funded school building in the county.
Erected 2017 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number D-44.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCharity & Public WorkEducation. In addition, it is included in the Rosenwald Schools, and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1922.
Newtown School and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, October 7, 2017
2. Newtown School and Marker
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38° 24.894′ N, 78° 35.953′ W. Marker is near Elkton, Virginia, in Rockingham County. Marker is on Newtown Road (County Route 759) just west of Samuels Road (County Route 638), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1296 Diamond Ln, Elkton VA 22827, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Miller-Argabright-Cover-Kite House (approx. one mile away); First Settler (approx. 1.1 miles away); Jennings House (approx. 1.3 miles away); History of Verbena (approx. 3.6 miles away); Shield's Advance & Retreat (approx. 3.6 miles away); Alexander Spotswood Discovers the Valley of the Shenandoah (approx. 4.9 miles away); “Sic Juvat Transcendere Montes” (approx. 4.9 miles away); Knights of the Golden Horseshoe (approx. 4.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Elkton.
Also see . . .  Groups look to preserve historic school near Elkton. 2017 Associated Press article via the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “The Newtown Rosenwald school building survived, but it lost its characteristic bank of large windows and fell into disrepair over the years. It became a store for a time, but was sold for $500 and turned into an auction house. ‘A black lady owned the store and tried to get the community to buy it, but nobody wanted it because we would have used it for a rec center, and they would be drinking and dancing in it,’ Avestar Ross said. ‘Now nobody is doing nothing to it. It’s an eyesore in the community.’”
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(Submitted on October 8, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 8, 2017. It was originally submitted on October 8, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 359 times since then and 85 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 8, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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