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The Rosenwald Schools At The Moccasin Bend Lecture Series

Julius Rosenwald & Booker T. Washington
The Rosenwald Project
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Julius Rosenwald & Booker T. Washington

(aired Thu 9/30/21)

During Jim Crow segregation in the last century, the Rosenwald Schools educated hundreds of thousands of African-American children in the rural South - and here in the Chattanooga area.

On Monday evening, the Moccasin Bend Lecture Series will examine that legacy - and the current campaign to create a National Historic Park that includes six Rosenwald School sites here in Tennessee - with a presentation at the Tennessee Aquarium’s IMAX Theater in Chattanooga, starting at 7 PM and also streaming online.

Dr. Dorothy Canter is president of the campaign’s board.

Dr. Warren Mackey - educated at a Rosenwald School - is a Hamilton County Commissioner.

Tricia Mims is executive director of National Park Partners, which presents the Moccasin Bend Lecture Series.

Lincoln School students pose for a group portrait in front of the Pikeville school in this undated photograph.
Chattanooga Times Free Press
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Lincoln School students pose for a group portrait in front of the Pikeville school in this undated photograph.

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