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Published on Oct 26, 2009
From the 1910s into the early 1930s, more that 5300 school buildings were constructed in African American communities throughout 15 southern states. Seed money came from Chicago philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, CEO of Sears, Roebuck & Company. Black communities put up cash, and local school boards agreed to operate the facilities. This video further examines the importance of these schools and the school structures themselves.