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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.)
 
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 Route 20), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. It is just past Prospect Heights Middle School. Marker is in this post office area: Orange VA 22960, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Capt. Andrew Maples Jr., Tuskegee Airman (approx. half
Orange Graded School Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 15, 2015
2. Orange Graded School Marker
a mile away); Montpelier and Madison's Tomb (approx. 0.6 miles away); General Zachary Taylor (approx. 0.6 miles away); Town of Orange (approx. 0.6 miles away); Orange Train Station (approx. 0.6 miles away); Wreck at the Fat Nancy (approx. 1.6 miles away); Oakley (approx. 1.6 miles away); Lee's Headquarters (approx. 2.4 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.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansEducation
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 23, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 167 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 23, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
 
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