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West Bemis Elementary is believed to be the oldest Rosenwald School in Tennessee. It was built in 1916 to serve the families of the Bemis Mill Co. cotton mill town.  It was built with help from a fund created by Julius Rosenwald, a part owner of Sears, Roebuck and Co. established the fund in 1912 to help educate black children in the South. The fund helped build more than 5,300 schools, shops and teachers’ houses in 15 states. Rosenwald Schools were awarded National Treasure status in 2011.

West Bemis Elementary is believed to be the oldest Rosenwald School in Tennessee. It was built in 1916 to serve the families of the Bemis Mill Co. cotton mill town. It was built with help from a fund created by Julius Rosenwald, a part owner of Sears, Roebuck and Co. established the fund in 1912 to help educate black children in the South. The fund helped build more than 5,300 schools, shops and teachers’ houses in 15 states. Rosenwald Schools were awarded National Treasure status in 2011.

Black School House Missouri Farms 4x6 Reprint Of Old Photo

Black School House Missouri Farms 4x6 Reprint Of Old Photo

Black School House Missouri Farms Old Photo Black School House Missouri Farms Old Photo Here is a neat collectible of school children's portrait in front of an old school house in the Missouri

Bichet District 34 one room school in Florence, Kansas built by Oscar Johnson a local store mason. The school was used from 1896 to 1946 when closed to low enrollment. It sits at the West edge of the Flinthills. Placed on the National Register of Historic places in 2004, Photo by Renate - flickr KG

Bichet District 34 one room school in Florence, Kansas built by Oscar Johnson a local store mason.

The renovated Ridgeley Rosenwald school in Capitol Heights, Md., now operating as a museum

How Julius Rosenwald and Booker T. Washington created a thriving schoolhouse construction program for African Americans in the rural South.

Casey Jones Village / Jackson, TN

What a wonderful find: Entrance of Casey Jones Village in Jackson, Tennessee; I lived in Jackson and even though I've been around the world, the Old Country Store, the on-site restaurant, remains my favorite restaurant.

Pine Grove Rosenwald School in Richland County, South Carolina.

Pine Grove Rosenwald School in Richland County, South Carolina.

Free Hills Rosenwald School in Clay County, Tennessee.

Free Hills Rosenwald School in Clay County, Tennessee.

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