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