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Rosenwald Schools in Virginia, Multiple Property Document.

In 2003, Bryan Clark Green, then an architectural historian with DHR, wrote a Multiple Property Documentation Form for Virginia's Rosenwald Schools. This document, accepted by the National Register division of the National Park Service in 2004, lays out the historic context for Rosenwald Schools in Virginia and provides Registration Requirements for listing surviving schools in the National Register of Historic Places. DHR authored the report in order to promote awareness of these important historic resources and to encourage listing and preserving them.  As of July 2010, DHR, in collaboration with individuals and community groups, had listed 13 Virginia Rosenwald Schools in the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places.

This photograph was taken by Jackson Davis, "an educational reformer and amateur photographer, [who] took nearly 6,000 photographs of African American schools, teachers and students throughout the Southeastern United States," according to the University of Virginia Library. The undated photo shows students in a Rosenwald school in Chesterfield County, Virginia. (To learn more about Jackson and to see more of his images, visit the online Jackson Davis Collection, Special Collections, University of Virginia Library.)