Lewis County Herald - Serving Hohenwald, Lewis County Tennessee Since 1898

Representatives of the TN State Museum and Fisk University visit Hohenwald

 

September 29, 2022

Pictured, from left, Annette Peery, Miranda Rhodes Dorothy Warf, Debbie Shaw, Matthew Gailani, Dannie Wynans, Linda Mitchell, Frankie Mitchell and Barbara Hinson. Also in attendance but not pictured, Bill Webb and Nancetta Webb.

Representatives of the Tennessee State Museum and Fisk University were recently in Hohenwald to visit the Rosenwald School at the site of the Senior Citizens Center and met with former students and members of the Historical Society. The Rosenwald School has had additions added through the years to become the present day Senior Center. An exhibit is planned at the Tennessee State Museum next year and it is hoped that Hohenwald's Rosenwald School will be featured in that exhibit.

In 1917 Julius Rosenwald, philanthropist and President and Chairman of Sears Company, established the Rosenwald Foundation. He sympathized with the plight of African Americans and with the encouragement of Booker T. Washington began a program to build schools in rural areas for these children. In July 1929 the new school in Hohenwald opened as a two teacher building with two well furnished classrooms, restrooms, kitchen, and modern heating equipment. As there were never enough children for two teachers, a stage and the extra room became an auditorium. In 1964 the Hohenwald Colored School was consolidated with the Hohenwald Elementary School and Miss Eula Gray Allison was instrumental in helping start the first County Kindergarten classes in this building. Later, this building became the Lewis County Senior Citizens Center.

Bill Webb, the present director of the Senior Center, conducted a tour of the building. Among those present were two students who had attended school there, Linda Mitchell and Frankie Mitchell. They were able to give the exact layout of the building when it was the Rosenwald School and to reminisce about their days as students in the school.

 

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