A Rosenwald School

( 1 of 4 in this set).....Hwy 98, in the Maynard community of Allen County, Kentucky. As usual while in Allen County i was taking photos of slant sided barns and one room schools, decided to follow hwy 98 into Scottsville and came across this. The church looked a lot like a school and was not sure what the other building had been used for, luckily it was a beautiful day and people were outside enjoying the sunshine. Found an older gentleman on his porch ( Charles Schockley) and in a short time had a lot of answers and more questions. Charles told me that the Blacks in the area still used the church for reunions and that the other building was a school that the black children went to school at. Charles also mentioned that one of the organizers of the reunion was trying to get the buildings listed on the National Register of Historical Buildings, which got me to thinking that this might be a Rosenwald School, after longer than it should have took I found the web site that is listed below. Also I have added another link that has a photo of it from several years ago. ( will need to scroll down to find it)

www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kyallen/Calendars/82calendar.htm

A link to drawing of school and church from several years ago.

www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kyallen/Calendars/82aug.jpg

 

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Maynard Colored School is located on Highway 98 just past the junction of Highway 1585 on the left. The school was built on the grounds of the Caney Fork Baptist Church, pictured in the background. Julius Rosenwald, a Caucasian *1862-1932), set aside the Rosenwald Fund to improve the opportunities and living conditions for Negroes in America in 1917. The fund contributed to the building of more than 5,000 rural Negro schools. This is how the present Maynard Colored School came to be. Nate Holder, Charlie Whitney and Henrietta Holder were instrumental in getting the school built. The building is a weather boarded structure with a coat room, kitchen and classroom. Garnett Holder, Jessie Hudson, Clara Whitney, Sarah Hughes and Nintha Shipley Ponds were some of the teachers in the system. The Allen County School Board maintained the school. It was closed in 1933 when the Allen County Colored Schools were consolidated with the city system. At present, the building which housed the school is used for homecomings, anniversaries, and other events of the Caney Fork Church.

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Taken on March 16, 2009