Lincoln Heights Rosenwald School : "Opportunity through Education"

In 1924, African American children in northwestern North Carolina gained a chance at a better future as a new school opened in North Wilkesboro.1 This school was named Lincoln Heights and was seen as a place filled with opportunity. Appropriately, the slogan for the school became "Opportunity through Education."2 At one point in time, there were 25 elementary schools for African American children in Wilkes County, NC.3 However, Lincoln Heights was special. It was the only school in northwestern North Carolina where an African American could earn a high school diploma.4 Education was not just the opportunity. Rather, the education Lincoln Heights provided was the opening of another door: the opportunity to better one's self.



[1] Wilkes County Retired School Personnel, Lest We Forget: Education in Wilkes, 1778-1978 (Winston-Salem, NC: Hunter Publishing Company, 1979).


[2] Frances Hayes, “History of black people in Wilkes explored in program,” Wilkes Journal-Patriot, February 26, 2014.


[3] Ibid.


[4] Ibid.