Bridgewater School

Bridgewater School (HM28B5)

Location: , TN 38018 Shelby County
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N 35° 9.728', W 89° 49.714'

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Bridgewater School, formerly on this site, was founded in 1911 and exited continuously at this site until 1960. In 1921, with help from the community, the Shelby County school board, and the Rosenwald Fund, the Rosenwald school concept was instituted here and thereafter operated at the school.

Rosenwald schools, unique for their time, were built with specific design guidelines such that the building was oriented to receive morning and afternoon sun. The windows were large to let in natural light and air. The foundation was raised to let air flow beneath the building, thus keeping it cooler in the hot humid southern summers. A community room was also a unique feature of the school, to be used not only by the students and teachers but also as a community gathering place.

The Rosenwald fund, which provided financial support for the creation of these schools, was established by philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, president of Sears & Roebuck, Rosenwald in conjunction with Booker T. Washington of Tuskegee Institute, developed this school concept to promote model schools for African Americans of the rural South. The Rosenwald funds, with matches from grassroots community efforts, created a movement that built schools in 15 southern states. From 1912 to 1932 over 5,300 schools and auxiliary buildings were raised. These schools,

built by the community, for the community, created the educational foundation for many future civic leaders.
HM NumberHM28B5
Year Placed2009
Placed ByBridgewater Alumni and the Shelby County Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, June 9th, 2018 at 10:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 242363 N 3894687
Decimal Degrees35.16213333, -89.82856667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 9.728', W 89° 49.714'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 9' 43.68" N, 89° 49' 42.84" W
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Area Code(s)901
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7010 Raleigh Lagrange Rd, TN 38018, US
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