African-American School in Lynchburg Honored


 

 

By 1928, a third of black school children in the rural south were taught in Rosenwald Schools. Those were small two-room schools built to educate African-Americans. There were more than 300 in Virginia alone.

One of those very schools, and the community that supported it, will be honored in Lynchburg this weekend.

Cynthia Gaines’ aunt grew up in Lynchburg in the 1930’s and went to the Megginson Rosenwald School.

“It was a two-room elementary school. They had two teachers. On one side it was first through third,” says Gaines. “And then on the other side I believe it was 4 through 7.”

Gaines has worked to uncover the history of this school for the past year, and this weekend her work will be rewarded when…

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