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Orange in Orange County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Orange Graded School

Rosenwald Funded

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, October 15, 2015
1. Orange Graded School Marker
Inscription.  Orange Graded School, built in 1925 to replace the African American schoolhouse on West Main Street, stood here. Of the several county schools for black students, Orange Graded was the only one built using the Julius Rosenwald Fund, which was established in 1917 by the president of Sears, Roebuck and Company to construct schools for African Americans across the rural South. Of the $6,200 building cost, 40 percent was raised by the local African American community. This four-teacher standard plan school was one of the larger Rosenwalds built in Virginia. Gussie Baylor Taylor was recruited to teach in 1925 and later served as the school's supervisor.
 
Erected 2014 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number JJ-31.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansEducation. A significant historical year for this entry is 1925.
 
Location. 38° 14.406′ N, 78° 7.192′ W. Marker is in Orange, Virginia, in Orange County. Marker is on Dailey Drive west of Caroline Street (U.S. 15) and Berry Hill Road (Virginia
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By J. J. Prats, October 15, 2015
2. Orange Graded School Marker
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Route 20), on the left when traveling west. It is just past Prospect Heights Middle School. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Orange VA 22960, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Thomas Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Capt. Andrew Maples Jr., Tuskegee Airman (approx. half a mile away); Mayhurst (approx. half a mile away); Montpelier and Madison's Tomb (approx. 0.6 miles away); World War I Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Korean War Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); World War II Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Honoring the People of Orange County (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Orange.
 
Regarding Orange Graded School. The school building is no longer standing.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia entry for Rosenwald School. “Julius Rosenwald and his family established The Rosenwald Fund in 1917 for "the well-being of mankind." Unlike other endowed foundations, which were designed to fund themselves in perpetuity, The Rosenwald Fund was intended to use all of its funds for philanthropic purposes. It donated over 70 million dollars to public schools, colleges and universities, museums, Jewish charities and black institutions before funds were completely depleted in 1948.” (Submitted on October 23, 2015.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 23, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 282 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 23, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
 
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