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Rosenwald Park Campaign Spring 2021 Webinar
June 24 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
We are excited to announce the June 24 webinar that the Campaign is jointly sponsoring with the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) on Rosenwald Schools that will feature a presentation by Advisory Council member Andrew Feiler on his book “A Better Life for Their Children,” followed by a panel discussion that will include Campaign board member Stephanie Deutsch and myself. Alan Spears, the Director of Cultural Resources at NPCA, will moderate the session. Stay tuned for more details on the webinar which will start at 3:00 pm ET.
Work continues on the report on the 55 Rosenwald Schools and one teacher home recommended to the Campaign for inclusion in the planned Julius Rosenwald & Rosenwald Schools National Historical Park, which will be issued by the end of June. Based upon the visits Campaign representatives made to 34 of the school facilities, as well as data amassed from other sources, we know that at least five of the schools have connections to the Civil Rights Movement. Further, several generations of one family played a key role in constructing, maintaining and then restoring a number of the schools. The Noble Hill School in Georgia, now the Noble Hill-Wheeler Memorial Center, exemplifies both of these connections. The Campaign is pleased to include an article in this newsletter on the generations of the Wheeler family that made all the difference for the Noble Hill School.
In this issue we also profile Jordan Tannenbaum, a committed Campaign board member, and include an article on Harry Kersey, Julius Rosenwald’s chauffeur from 1914 until 1932. Our thanks to Lee Cromer, the niece of Mr. Kersey, and her daughter Alicia Ford, who provided the information and photograph that made the article possible.
Since the middle of April, five more organizations have officially expressed support for future legislation to create the Julius Rosenwald & Rosenwald Schools National Historical Park, bringing the number to 49. We encourage more organizations to join the growing list of supporters by contacting me at dorothycanter@rosenwaldpark.
The Campaign wishes all of you a happy, healthy and productive summer, as we resume in stages our lives in a world hopefully no longer dominated by the Covid-19 pandemic.