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Phenix City students rebuilding Rosenwald school

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PHENIX CITY, Ala. -

Ahead of Black History Month in February, a group of students from Central High School in Phenix City are gathering materials to rebuild a Rosenwald School.

At one time, 5,000 of the schools could be found across the South. In 1913, initial funding from Julius Rosenwald, of the Sears, Roebuck and Company department store, offered a place of learning for black students in the segregated South. Booker T Washington thought of the idea and oversaw the first build in Lee County that same year.

The students from Central High School are looking to rebuild one of the county's 13 schoolhouses. Their school will be built on the grounds of South Girard High School, which was originally built as an all-black school.

"But these schools didn't just have an impact on our community or another community," says Mary Jenkins, one of the students organizing the build. "These schools really had a role in thousands of thousands of people's lives."

The new Rosenwald school will be museum to Alabama's education history and act as a destination for elementary school field trips.

Organizers hope to build the school this fall but are asking for the public's help in learning more about Rosenwald school curriculum. Anyone with information or leftover school materials, is asked to contact the students via e-mail at rosenwaldrc@gmail.com

James Brierton

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