Loachapoka in Lee County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
First Rosenwald School
On this site once stood the first of over 5,300 Rosenwald schools for black children built between 1913 and 1932. The schools were started in a collaboration between Julius Rosenwald, CEO of Sears, Roebuck, and Company and Booker T. Washington, Principal of Tuskegee Institute. The dedication was held on May 18, 1913. Rosenwald grew up poor and believed in self-help; consequently, he paid for only part of the expenses to build the schools. The rest was to be raised by community members, both black and white. All of the schools were built from a selection of plans designed by an architect at Tuskegee Institute.
Erected 2011 by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission and Lee County Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Education. In addition, it is included in the Rosenwald Schools series list.
Location. 32° 36.194′ N, 85° 36.319′ W. Marker is in Loachapoka, Alabama, in Lee County. Marker is on Stage Road (Alabama Route 14) 0.4 miles east of Arrowhead Road (County Road 188), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 Day Lily Street, Loachapoka AL 36865, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Loachapoka Historic District (approx. 0.4 miles away); Dr. Alexander Nunn / Lee County Historical Society (approx. 0.4 miles away); Boom and Change (approx. 0.4 miles away); Birthplace of Zora Neale Hurston (approx. 4.4 miles away); Bethlehem (approx. 5.3 miles away); Camp Watts J. F. Drake High School / Alma Mater (approx. 6˝ miles away); Sigma Alpha Epsilon (approx. 6.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Loachapoka.
Also see . . . "Nation's first Rosenwald School to be recognized.." Alabama Media Group article. (Submitted on May 8, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 8, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 785 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 8, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. 5, 6. submitted on November 15, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.