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GREENSVILLE COUNTY TRAINING SCHOOL A ROSENWALD SCHOOL

LOOSING A PART OF HISTORY

A Rosenwald School was the name informally applied to over five thousand schools, shops, and teachers' homes in the United States which were built primarily for the education of African-Americans in the early 20th century. The need arose from the chronic underfunding of public education for African-American children in the South, who were required to attend segregated schools. Julius Rosenwald, an American clothier who became part-owner and president of Sears, Roebuck and Company, was the founder of The Rosenwald Fund, through which he contributed seed money for many of the schools and other philanthropic causes. To promote collaboration between white and black citizens, Rosenwald required communities to commit public funds to the schools, as well as to contribute additional cash donations. Millions of dollars were raised by African-American rural communities across the South to fund better education for their children. Despite Rosenwald's matching donations toward the construction of black schools, by the mid-1930s, white schools in the South were worth, per student, over five times what black schools were worth per student (in majority-black Mississippi, this ratio was more than 13 to one)

ROSENWALD SCHOOLS IN GREENSVILLE COUNTY

In Greensville County alone, there were 13 Rosenwald Schools. The Orion, Clairsville and Barley Schools were One-teacher Types; Independence, Diamond Grove, Mars Hill, Antioch, Powell, Rylands, Radium and Dahlia Schools were Two-teacher Types; Jarratts School was a Three-teacher type. Of the 13 schools in the county only the South Emporia Training School – later known as the Greensville County Training School – was a Six-teacher type, and the only one constructed of brick. Only 16 of the Six-teacher Schools were built in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The Training School Back Then

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DEDICATION TO MR. F.H. SMITH

We, the Senior class of 1949 of Greensville County Training School, humbly and respectfully dedicate our Annual to our worthy and loyal Principal, Mr. F.H. Smith.

His unselfish interest, untiring efforts, and enduring hardships for our

educational development an progress will never be forgotten. To him

we care much.

The example he has set before us will serve as a guiding light for our days that lie ahead. May we always prove ourselves worthy of his undertakings that they will not have been in vain.



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