Former Rosenwald School

Former Rosenwald School (HMJP7)

Location: Kennard, TX 75847 Houston County
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N 31° 21.678', W 95° 10.8'

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(Now "The Little Red Schoolhouse")

A symbol of Black America's pride in education, plus crusade of Julius Rosenwald (1862-1932), a Chicagoan who in 1913 began to fund school buildings for Negroes. By 1920, when this one-teacher structure was built at Ratcliff (4 miles east), Rosenwald's grants had to be matched—in this case, by Houston County funds.

Alfred Foy (1865-1944), a veteran of brush arbor and log cabin classrooms, taught in this building at Ratcliff 1920-23 and 1924-27; Miss Detroit Denman, 1923-24; Mrs. Evola Colbert Dorn, 1927-55. Their pupils' playground equipment consisted of a baseball diamond, basketball goal, mulberry tree and swing. Yet patrons—true to zeal that helped obtain the building—brought in food and saw that the children had hot lunches.

Sessions ceased in 1955 when the Ratcliff school was consolidated with Kennard Common School District No. 75. The Ratcliff building was used 1955-68 as the community center for socials and public meetings. In 1968 the "Old Rosenwald School" was moved to Kennard for use by Headstart and related programs.

Texas had a total of 518 school buildings funded by the Rosenwald Foundation—22 of them in Houston County—providing classrooms for thousands.
HM NumberHMJP7
Series This marker is part of the Rosenwald Schools series
Marker Number11241
Year Placed1973
Placed ByTexas State Historical Survey Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 1:53pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 292649 N 3471697
Decimal Degrees31.36130000, -95.18000000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 21.678', W 95° 10.8'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 21' 40.68" N, 95° 10' 48.00" W
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Area Code(s)936
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 501-513 Julia St, Kennard TX 75847, US
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