Newtown (East Elkton) School

Newtown (East Elkton) School (HM221S)

Location: Elkton, VA 22827 Rockingham County
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N 38° 24.894', W 78° 35.953'

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The Newtown School, built here in 1921-1922,
served African American students during the
segregation era. Julius Rosenwald, president of
Sears, Roebuck and Co, collaborated with Booker
T. washington in a school-building campaign
beginning in 1912. The Rosenwald Fund, Incorporated in 1917, helped build more than 5,000
schools and supporting structures for African
Americans in the rural South by 1932. The Fund
contributed $1,000 toward the Newtown School
while local African Americans donated $872 and
Rockingham County gave $2,628. The three-teacher
school, the county's last solely for black students,
closed in 1965 and is the only remaining Rosenwald-funded school building in the county.
HM NumberHM221S
Series This marker is part of the Rosenwald Schools series
Year Placed2017
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 8th, 2017 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 709603 N 4254580
Decimal Degrees38.41490000, -78.59921667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 24.894', W 78° 35.953'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 24' 53.64" N, 78° 35' 57.18" W
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Area Code(s)540
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1207 Newtown Rd, Elkton VA 22827, US
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