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Donaldsonville in Ascension Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

Central Agricultural School

 
 
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By Cajun Scrambler, August 2, 2020
1. Central Agricultural School Marker
Inscription.  
It began in 1912, Booker T. Washington, President of Tuskegee Institute, approached Julius Rosenwald, President of Sears, Roebuck and Company, with an idea for a pilot program that was to have a dramatic impact on the face of America. Washington's idea led to the creation of the Julius Rosenwald Foundation. This foundation provided partial funding for the construction of more than 5,300 buildings in 15 states, including schools, teachers' houses and shops that were built by and for African Americans. They shared a commitment to self-help as well as a firm belief that education could improve the lives of black Americans in the rural South.

The initial building plans were developed by design students and staff in the Tuskegee Institute mechanical industries and architecture program. This unique group of architectural structures provided shelter for the education of thousands of African American children.

John S. Jones, a native of Smoke Bend, a community north of Donaldsonville, was the Rosenwald Agent responsible for the development of over 400 schools built in Louisiana. This building was moved from St. James Parish in

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By Cajun Scrambler, August 2, 2020
2. Central Agricultural School Marker
2001 by the River Road African American Museum.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation named Rosenwald Schools to its list of America's Most Endangered Historic Places in 2002. Many of the buildings have been abandoned or remodeled beyond recognition. This building is one of the only four-room wooden schools remaining in the United States.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansEducation. In addition, it is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities 🎓, and the Rosenwald Schools 🎓 series lists.
 
Location. 30° 6.002′ N, 90° 59.35′ W. Marker is in Donaldsonville, Louisiana, in Ascension Parish. Marker is on Williams Street near Lessard Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 511 Williams Street, Donaldsonville LA 70346, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. African American Life (within shouting distance of this marker); Bicentennial Jazz Plaza (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Canary Islanders Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); War Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Louisiana Square (approx. 0.3 miles away); Francis T. Nicholls (approx. 0.3 miles away); Donaldsonville

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By Cajun Scrambler, August 2, 2020
3. Central Agricultural School Marker
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Charles "Chalou" Trepagnier Building (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Donaldsonville.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 3, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 61 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 3, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.
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