Julius Rosenwald (1862-1932), merchant and philanthropist, learned the clothing business from his uncles in New York City, and eventually opened his own establishment in Chicago. In 1895 Rosenwald invested $75,000 in Sears, Roebuck and Company. By 1908 he was the company’s president. Rosenwald’s philanthropic interests were numerous. He was particularly interested in rural and agricultural development, better education for African Americans and improved race relations. His School Building Program provided seed money to build over 5,000 African American schools, shops and teacher’s homes across the southern United States. Between 1917 and 1920 Kentucky built its first 33 Rosenwald Schools in 25 counties. The Fund supported three schools in Warren County, one each at Delafield, Rockfield and Bristow.
Recommended Repository Citation
Parker, Donna C.. (2003). Building for the Future: Rosenwald Schools in Warren County. Landmark Report, 21 (6), 6-8.
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