Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School ribbon cutting. Photo by Renato Rotolo/Urban News

Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School Grand Celebration

Ribbon cutting at the Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School. Photo by Renato Rotolo/Urban News

Friends of the Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School led a celebration service, ribbon cutting, and tour of the school on Friday, August 30, 2019 in celebration of ten years of progress on the school’s rehabilitation.

Alumni of the school led the school tour and recounted memories of their years at the school, after members of the Madison County Board of Education (which still owns the property) cut the ribbon on the rehabilitated structure. Additional observances and programs took place at the school throughout the weekend.

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Members of the Madison County Board of Education (Kevin Barnette, Karen Blevins, Stewart Coates, Lori Massey, and Barbara Wyatt) and Superintendent Will Hoffman cut the ribbon on the Anderson Rosenwald School, while alumni look on.

Shown in the photo are members of the Madison County Board of Education (on the stairs) L-R: Kevin Barnette, Karen Blevins, Stewart Coates, Superintendent Will Hoffman, Lori Massey, and Barbara Wyatt. Alumni pictured are: Fatimah Shabazz (left of the stairs), Charity Ray (seated), Omar McClain (right of the stairs), Sarah Hart, and Oralene Simmons (far right).

The Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School was one of more than 5,000 Rosenwald Schools built across the southern United States in the early 20th century to improve the state of education for African American children by the Rosenwald Fund. The rehabilitation of the Mars Hill school is part of a nationwide effort to restore these schools and call attention to the part they played in the education of African Americans in the early 20th century.

To learn more about the Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School, please visit andersonrosenwaldschool.com.

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