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Loachapoka in Lee County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

First Rosenwald School

 
 
First Rosenwald School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 8, 2014
1. First Rosenwald School Marker
Inscription.
Side 1
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.
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Side 2
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The first teacher at the Loachapoka school was L. Pearl Rouseau. Initially, there was no principal; the school was overseen by the State. The initial school year lasted only three months; the second was expanded to nine months. Basic courses in reading and arithmetic were taught in the one-room building, with no power or plumbing. Rosenwald gave three hundred dollars toward the school, and the remainder of the total cost of nine hundred forty-two dollars and forty-six cents was given by local residents, both black and white, along with the labor. This school was the only
First Rosenwald School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 8, 2014
2. First Rosenwald School Marker
source for educating black citizens in the area. It closed in the late 1950's.
 
Erected 2011 by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission and Lee County Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Rosenwald Schools marker series.
 
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.
 
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. Alexandar 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 (approx. 6 miles away); 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.
Area near marker (County Rd 14) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 8, 2014
3. Area near marker (County Rd 14)
(Submitted on May 8, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. African AmericansEducation
 
Area of previous school. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 8, 2014
4. Area of previous school.
Julius Rosenwald image. Click for full size.
By Public Domain
5. Julius Rosenwald
First Rosenwald School (Photo from marker) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 8, 2014
6. First Rosenwald School (Photo from marker)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 8, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 553 times since then and 95 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.
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