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Columbia in Richland County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Pine Grove Rosenwald School

 
 
Pine Grove Rosenwald School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2011
1. Pine Grove Rosenwald School Marker
Inscription. (Front text)
This school, built in 1923 at a cost of $2,500, is one of 500 African-American schools in S.C. funded in part by the Julius Rosenwald Foundation from 1917 to 1932. It is a two-room school typical of smaller Rosenwald schools. From 1923 to 1950 an average of 40-50 students a year attended this school, in grades 1-7.
(Reverse text)
This school closed after the 1949-50 school year, when many districts were consolidated. It was sold to the Pine Grove Community Development Club in 1968, then to the Richland County Recreation Commission in 2002. Pine Grove Rosenwald School was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.
 
Erected 2011 by The Richland County Recreation Commission. (Marker Number 40-172.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Rosenwald Schools marker series.
 
Location. 34° 3.74′ N, 81° 7.464′ W. Marker is in Columbia, South Carolina, in Richland County. Marker is on Piney Woods Road (State Highway 40-674), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 937 Piney Woods Road, Columbia SC 29210, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker
Marker, reverse side image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 21, 2011
2. Marker, reverse side
, measured as the crow flies. St. Andrew's Lutheran Church (approx. 1.4 miles away); St. Paul Church / Oak Grove (approx. 3.2 miles away); Zion Lutheran Church / Dreher's Fort (approx. 3.3 miles away); Town of Irmo (approx. 3.6 miles away); Delingo School (approx. 3.8 miles away); Saluda Factory Cemetery (approx. 4.4 miles away); Saluda Factory Ruins (approx. 4.4 miles away); Mt. Hebron United Methodist Church / Temperance Hall (approx. 4.4 miles away).
 
Regarding Pine Grove Rosenwald School. National Register of Historic Places:Pine Grove Rosenwald School (added 2009 - - #08001397)
Also known as Pine Grove Colored School
937 Piney Woods Rd. , Columbia
♦ Historic Significance: Event
♦ Area of Significance: Black, Social History, Education
♦ Period of Significance: 1925-1949, 1900-1924
♦ Owner: Local
♦ Historic Function: Education, Social
♦ Historic Sub-function: Meeting Hall, School
♦ Current Function: Work In Progress

The Pine Grove School is significant as a representation of the modernization of African American education in a period marked by massive discriminatory school funding. The school is also an important reminder of the educational improvements brought about by the philanthropic efforts of the Julius Rosenwald
Pine Grove Rosenwald School, seen today image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 21, 2011
3. Pine Grove Rosenwald School, seen today
Fund which constructed over 5000 schools in fifteen Southern states from 1917 to 1932. Built in 1923, the Pine Grove School is a wood-frame, one-story rectangular gable-front building with a V-crimp tin metal roof. The layout of the Pine Grove Rosenwald School is a variant of the two-room schoolhouse published as Rosenwald Community School Plan No. 2-C. The Community School Plans were utilized by the Rosenwald Fund between 1920 and 1928 and offered state of the art schoolhouse designs. The common characteristics of these designs included the orientation of the building, light colored paint schemes, and large banks of tall narrow windows. These particular elements were aimed at providing proper ventilation and optimal natural lighting inside the school, features that many early-twentieth century African American schoolhouses lacked. An initiative for the construction of the Pine Grove Rosenwald School raised $2,500 for the schools construction. The local African American community donated $265, the white community raised $315, and public funds totaling $1,200 were gained for the construction and operation of the new school. In return the Rosenwald Fund provided a $700 grant and architectural assistance towards the construction of the school. Listed in the National Register January 29, 2009.(South Carolina
Department of Archives and History)
 
Also see . . .
Pine Grove Rosenwald School image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 21, 2011
4. Pine Grove Rosenwald School
 Julius Rosenwald. Over the course of his life, Rosenwald and his fund donated over 70 million dollars to public schools, colleges and universities, museums, Jewish charities and black institutions. The rural school building program was one of the largest programs administered by the Rosenwald Fund. It contributed more than four million dollars in matching funds to the construction of more than 5,000 schools, shops, and teachers' homes in the South. These schools became informally known as "Rosenwald Schools." (Submitted on August 21, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansEducation
 
Pine Grove Rosenwald School and Marker, looking south along Piney Woods Road (State Road 40-674) image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 21, 2011
5. Pine Grove Rosenwald School and Marker, looking south along Piney Woods Road (State Road 40-674)
Pine Grove Rosenwald School and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 21, 2011
6. Pine Grove Rosenwald School and Marker
A look inside Pine Grove Rosenwald School, seen today image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 21, 2011
7. A look inside Pine Grove Rosenwald School, seen today
Pine Grove Rosenwald School image. Click for full size.
South Carolina Department of Archives and History, circa 1935
8. Pine Grove Rosenwald School
Pine Grove Rosenwald School image. Click for full size.
SC Dept. of Archives and History
9. Pine Grove Rosenwald School
Pine Grove Rosenwald School, Graduating Class-1924 image. Click for full size.
SC Dept. of Archives and History
10. Pine Grove Rosenwald School, Graduating Class-1924
23x Pine Grove Rosenwald School, Graduating Class-1949/1950 image. Click for full size.
South Carolina Department of Archives and History
11. 23x Pine Grove Rosenwald School, Graduating Class-1949/1950
Julius Rosenwald image. Click for full size.
from the United States Library of Congress, circa 1929
12. Julius Rosenwald
Over the course of his life, Rosenwald and his fund donated over 70 million dollars to public schools, colleges and universities, museums, Jewish charities and black institutions. The rural school building program was one of the largest programs administered by the Rosenwald Fund. It contributed more than four million dollars in matching funds to the construction of more than 5,000 schools, shops, and teachers' homes in the South. These schools became informally known as "Rosenwald Schools."
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 21, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 723 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 24, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   7. submitted on August 25, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on August 24, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   12. submitted on May 5, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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