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Near Notasulga in Macon County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Shiloh-Rosenwald School / Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church

 
 
Shiloh-Rosenwald School Marker (Side 1) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 7, 2016
1. Shiloh-Rosenwald School Marker (Side 1)
Inscription.  
Shiloh-Rosenwald School
The Shiloh-Rosenwald School, located in Notasulga, was a collaboration between educator Booker T. Washington and Julius Rosenwald, CEO of Sears. Rosenwald schools are landmarks in the history of African-American education in this country. Considered “Schools of Hope,“ many of these educational facilities have silently disappeared from the landscape. Many became victims of neglect and abandonment. The Shiloh-Rosenwald School sits on the oldest Rosenwald community. One of the first six schools was built here. It is a two-teacher type school designed by Tuskegee Institute architects. The bricks were made by hand by Tuskegee students. The three-room school accommodated grades 1-6. The Rosenwald fund was not a handout. The African American community contributed much of the funds to the building of the school. Notasulga was organized in 1893 and is the birthplace of noted author Zora Neale Hurston (1/7/1891), an American folklorist who gained prominence during the Harlem Renaissance.

Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church
The Shiloh Missionary Baptist
Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Marker (Side 2) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 7, 2016
2. Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Marker (Side 2)
Church was organized in 1870 and was the first recruitment site of the infamous Tuskegee syphilis study to determine the effects of untreated syphilis on the Negro male. More men were recruited from this site than any other site. Noted Civil Rights Attorney Fred Gray demanded an apology from the government on behalf of the participants and descendants from Shiloh. The study lasted 40 years. The church is well preserved and remains in tact. The bell that hangs in the steeple is the original operable bell from a previous wooden structure built in the late 1870s. The Shiloh Cemetery holds the remains of the largest number of men from the Tuskegee Syphilis Study. Graves in this cemetery date back as far as 1874. Most graves are marked with a simple headstone.
 
Erected 2010 by Alabama Tourism Department and the Town of Notasulga.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansChurches & ReligionEducationScience & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the Rosenwald Schools series list.
 
Location. 32° 31.635′ N, 85° 40.695′ W. Marker is near Notasulga, Alabama, in Macon County. Marker is at the intersection of Tuskegee Street (Alabama Route 81) and Shiloh
Shiloh-Rosenwald School Marker (Side 1) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 7, 2016
3. Shiloh-Rosenwald School Marker (Side 1)
Road, on the right when traveling north on Tuskegee Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Tuskegee Street, Notasulga AL 36866, 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. Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church "The Tree" (within shouting distance of this marker); Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church - Baptismal (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church - Church Privies (about 300 feet away); Camp Watts (approx. half a mile away); Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery (approx. 0.6 miles away); Birthplace of Zora Neale Hurston (approx. 2.7 miles away); Bethlehem (approx. 2.9 miles away); The Control Tower (approx. 4.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Notasulga.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Shiloh School history. (Submitted on June 9, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church. (Submitted on June 9, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
3. Wikipedia article on the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment. (Submitted on June 11, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 7, 2016
4. Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church
Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton
5. Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery
Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton
6. Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery Marker
Booker T. Washington / Julius Rosenwald image. Click for full size.
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7. Booker T. Washington / Julius Rosenwald
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 9, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 542 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 9, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.   5, 6. submitted on June 11, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.   7. submitted on June 9, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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