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019-5121 Salem School

Salem School
Salem Baptist Church and Salem School view -- Photo credit: Alison Stone Blanton, 1998

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VLR Listing Date 09/14/1998

NRHP Listing Date 10/30/1998

NRHP Reference Number 98001309

Salem School is a simple, one-story, frame school building of a type once widely found in rural Virginia. It is the sole survivor of seven schools built in Charlotte County with grants from the Julius Rosenwald Fund, established to improve public education for African Americans in the rural South. In addition to Rosenwald funds, the school was constructed adjacent to the Salem Baptist Church in southern Charlotte County in 1924 with land, money, some materials, and labor donated by the local black community. Grades one through seven were taught in the three classrooms. A fourth room served as a lunchroom. Outside were a privy and a well. The Salem School closed in 1959 upon the integration of Charlotte County schools.

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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated: May 26, 2022