April 15, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Two former Rosenwald schools in Virginia are being recognized for their education of young black students.
Two historic highway markers have been approved for the schools, one in Southside Virginia, the other in Orange County.
St. Paul' s Chapel School in Brunswick County was among the earliest of more than a dozen Rosenwald schools in that county. The school is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Orange Graded School was built in 1925 to replace the African-American schoolhouse on West Main Street. Orange Graded was built using the Julius Rosenwald Fund.
Between 1917 and 1932, the Rosenwald Fund helped build more than 5,000 schools around the rural South for the education of black children.