District Heights in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Ridgeley Rosenwald School
The Rosenwald Fund was established by philanthropist Julius Rosenwald in 1917. It followed educator Booker T. Washington's Tuskegee model of self-help, supporting improved vocational education for agriculture and industry in a segregated society. The program provided seed money for the construction of schools, and the local African American community provided the rest with tax revenue, cash and in-kind donations.
The Ridgeley School is one of the best examples of a Rosenwald School in Prince George's County. Of the County's 27 Rosenwald Schools, the Ridgeley School is one of nine that remains.
Originally, the school consisted of two large class rooms (each of which served at least three grades), a central passageway, and an entrance flanked by two cloakrooms. A third classroom was added by the 1950s. The school provided education to African American children in the central section of the County
Erected 2011 by The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Rosenwald Schools marker series.
Location. 38° 53.41′ N, 76° 51.685′ W. Marker is in District Heights, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from Central Avenue (Maryland Route 214) east of Ritchie Road (Truck Route Maryland Road 214). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8507 Central Avenue, Hyattsville MD 20785, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ridgley (approx. half a mile away); Tragedy Strikes Trooper 2 (approx. 1.2 miles away); Philip Reed (approx. 1½ miles away); Elizabeth Keckly (approx. 1.6 miles away); Osborne Perry Anderson (approx. 1.6 miles away); Thomas R Hawkins (approx. 1.6 miles away); Christian A Fleetwood (approx. 1.6 miles away); Highland Park High School (approx. 2 miles away).
More about this marker. The marker panel is on the lawn at the west side of the school building/museum. Visitors arriving from Ritchie Road from the south can easily locate the entrance gate for the facility's parking lot - approximately 1/4 mile east along "Truck Way". The barrier gate is opened from inside the restored school building in response to the requests of visitors.
Categories. • African Americans • Charity & Public Work • Education •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 30, 2015, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 259 times since then and 20 times this year. Last updated on January 1, 2016, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 30, 2015, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.