African American Education

The Rosenwald Schools

The Rosenwald Schools, a video on African American education in the south.


After the Civil War, African Americans found themselves in a world where education was inaccessible despite their newfound freedom. Education was not a right, so African Americans were often excluded from white schools and found themselves without the means to open their own schools. Julius Rosenwald and Booker T. Washington sought to overcome these circumstances by building Rosenwald Schools through the Rosenwald Fund for African American children. Click the image to the left to watch a brief video on history of the Rosenwald Schools and African American Education across the American South.