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Tuskegee Institute in Macon County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Julius Rosenwald

 
 
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By Jerry Klinger, March 29, 2019
1. Julius Rosenwald Marker
Inscription.  Julius Rosenwald (1862-1932) was a Jewish multimillionaire merchant and one of the founders (1906) of Sears, Roebuck, and Company, then the largest department store in the United States. Rosenwald was a member of the Tuskegee University Board of Trustees (1911-1932) and collaborated with Booker T. Washington on the development of a program to provide public education for rural southern Blacks. Known as “Rosenwald Schools,” this initiative existed from 1913 to 1948 and resulted in the construction of over 4,977 schools, 217 teachers' homes, and 163 shop buildings in 883 counties in 15 southern states. This fit well with Rosenwald’s philosophy to “Give while you live.” His benevolence resulted in the development of the Rosenwald Fund, which supported the creation of many black YMCAs, YWCAs, and grants that encouraged many of the 20th century’s greatest black artists and innovators. Approximately half of his charitable gifts went to African American communities.
 
Erected 2019 by Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation, City of Tuskegee, Tuskegee University.
 
Marker series.
Julius Rosenwald image. Click for full size.
photo courtesy of University of Minnesota Libraries, Kautz Family YMCA Archives, circa 1910
2. Julius Rosenwald
This marker is included in the Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation Markers, and the Rosenwald Schools marker series.
 
Location. 32° 25.775′ N, 85° 42.518′ W. Marker is in Tuskegee Institute, Alabama, in Macon County. Marker is at the intersection of Moton Drive and Booker T. Washington Boulevard on Moton Drive. Past the entrance gate on the left side in front of Moton Hall. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tuskegee Institute AL 36088, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fred David Gray (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Booker T Washington (about 400 feet away); Lifting the Veil of Ignorance (about 400 feet away); Dorothy Hall (about 400 feet away); Tuskegee Chapel (about 600 feet away); Tuskegee Cemetery (about 800 feet away); George Washington Carver (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Tuskegee Airmen's Plaza (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tuskegee Institute.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located on Tuskegee University grounds, a traditionally Black University. It is significant because of its recognition and honoring of Julius Rosenwald's major contributions to Tuskegee University and to the social and educational needs of millions of Black Americans throughout the South.

The Julius Rosenwald marker is part of a 13 marker Tuskegee, Alabama Civil Rights Marker Trail System. The System is funded by the Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation (JASHP). The System was created through a close interaction of JASHP, Tuskgee University and the City of Tuskegee.
 
Regarding Julius Rosenwald. Julius Rosenwald said in 1912:

"The horrors that are due to race prejudice come home to the Jew more forcefully than to others of the white race, on account of the centuries of persecution which they have suffered and still suffer."
 
Categories. African AmericansCharity & Public WorkEducation
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on September 16, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 20, 2019, by Jerry Klinger of Boynton Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 103 times since then. Last updated on June 1, 2019, by Jerry Klinger of Boynton Beach, Florida. Photos:   1. submitted on May 20, 2019, by Jerry Klinger of Boynton Beach, Florida.   2. submitted on May 20, 2019. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
 
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