2017-03-10 / Front Page

Pine Grove Rosenwald School holds Heritage Celebration in honor of Black History Month

Compiled by Pam Staples


Mr. Booker T. Washington (left), portrayed by Shaban Ghaffur and Mr. Julius Rosenwald, portrayed by Bryan Lee, welcome guests into the Pine Grove School. Mr. Booker T. Washington (left), portrayed by Shaban Ghaffur and Mr. Julius Rosenwald, portrayed by Bryan Lee, welcome guests into the Pine Grove School. The Pine Grove Community Center, formerly the Pine Grove Rosenwald School, 937 Pineywoods Road, was the site of a Heritage Celebration to honor Black History Month Saturday, February 25.

Activities included a dramatization and visit with former Rosenwald students; heritage food, games, and crafts including quilt making, butter churning, catfish stew, and hopscotch; and special guest visits from historical figures “Julius Rosenwald” and “Booker T. Washington.”

In 1912, Julius Rosenwald, the CEO of Sears, Roebuck, and Company, founded The Rosenwald Fund which contributed seed money for the building of schools for African-American children in the South.

In 1923, Pine Grove School was one of the 15 Rosenwald schools in Richland County. It is the only original Rosenwald School building that still stands today. The school closed in 1950 and for decades remained uninhabited and in disrepair.


Mack Burgess hosts Catfish Stew Tasting. 
Photos by Lisa Smarr Mack Burgess hosts Catfish Stew Tasting. Photos by Lisa Smarr The school was restored in 2004. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.



Brothers Graeson and Kincaid Cunnings portray former Rosenwald students Jasper and James during the dramatized “Visit with Former Rosenwald Students.” Brothers Graeson and Kincaid Cunnings portray former Rosenwald students Jasper and James during the dramatized “Visit with Former Rosenwald Students.”

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