Category Archives: Schools

Rosenwald School-Edgefield County, South Carolina

I found this photo of a 6-teacher school in Edgefield County in Carter Woodson’s The Rural Negro, but the name of the school was not given, just the county. The Rosenwald Database is down until Summer 2023. According to the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Edgefield County had two 6-teacher schools, the Edgefield School and the Johnston School. Please let me know if you are able to confirm which one it was.

Reference: Woodson, C. Godwin., Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, i. (1930). The Rural Negro. Washington, D.C.: The Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, inc.

Simmons Hill School-Brooks County, Georgia

I had no intention of ever posting this photo because it is simply not a good one. I arrived at the abandoned Simmons Hill Elementary School in Brooks County early in the morning. The schoolyard was being used for storage of construction equipment, so there was no good location to get the school.without the equipment.

I visited this school because I knew it was an extant Rosenwald School that had been expanded over the years. Since I just found a photo of the school when it was first a Rosenwald, I thought I would share that photo.

Reference: Georgia. Department of Education. Annual report of the Department of Education to the General Assembly of the State of Georgia …Atlanta, Ga.: State Printer.

Giddens School-Dodge County, Georgia

Located east of Eastman in Dodge County, Georgia, the Giddens School is a bit of a mystery. The sign says, “1883 established 1947 1985.” I found an old history book about Dodge County, and there is no mention of it. The Giddens School is not mentioned. I imagine the school was established in 1883 and ceased existence as a school in 1947. I can only guess what the third date means. This may or may not be a Rosenwald, but the Fisk site is down to check (even though that site is incomplete.). Either way, this school architecture didn’t become prominent until the 1920s.

Cedar Grove School-Cedar Grove Community, Georgia

The Cedar Grove School was built in the community of Cedar Grove in 1926, and it was expanded in 1939. It served the local community until 1970.

This was likely a teacherage which provided housing for teachers.

While the building resembles a Rosenwald, it is not one. The Rosenwald Schools were publicly available. Many schools used the plans because their designs were easy to implement, and they considered using natural light when some schools may not have electricity.

The red boot advertising the Cedar Grove Opry.

It’s officially now known as the Cedar Grove Community Center. In 2019, the community reopened it after a complete restoration and began to use the auditorium for the Cedar Grove Opry. The sign on the boot says it happened the 2nd Saturday of each month. I suspect that it’s opening near the start of COVID ended the community‘s attempt to his regular entertainment at the school complex.

Campus view

Sources: Dirt Roads, Country Churches and Small Towns

WMAZ news report on the school