Rosenwalds in Virginia, Slideshow, DHR

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Construction Years.

Rosenwald Schools in Virginia were constructed between the years of 1917 and 1932. The school construction falls into two phases.  The first consists of schools built between 1917 and 1920, through the supervision of the Tuskegee Institute.  Under the direction of Virginia-born Booker T. Washington, head of the Tuskeegee Institute, 79 of the 364 Rosenwald Schools built in Virginia were constructed during the first three years of the fund’s existence. The second phase covers schools constructed between the years 1920 and 1932, under the supervision of the Rosenwald Office in Nashville.

Tuskegee and the Rosenwald Office published pamphlets of school plans for local communities to use to construct their buildings. As a result, Rosenwald schools across the country look very similar, making them relatively easy to identify.

The image here shows the plan for a one-teacher school, first published in 1921 by the Rosenwald Office in Nashville.