Burritt on the Mountain is in the process of constructing a four-room schoolhouse replica as part of our educational experience. The school plan is based on that of the Rosenwald program, a massive building initiative in the early Twentieth Century to address an urgent need to provide schools for African-American students in the rural South.
Begun in 1912, Rosenwald schools were built through a partnership between Julius Rosenwald, a Jewish philanthropist and president of Sears, Roebuck & Co., and black educator Booker T. Washington, along with support from the local black and white communities. Between 1913 and 1932, nearly 5,000 new schools were built in 15 states and thousands of students received an education, learned trades and skills, and were awarded better opportunities as a result of this education.
During the school year, the building will be part of Burritt’s 4th grade experience with local school children spending a day of learning at the historic, Dorothy Davidson Rosenwald Schoolhouse. While not is use for students, the schoolhouse will be open to the community to view a Rosenwald exhibit and for hands on classes and workshops.Learn More About the 4th Grade Experience
Burritt is currently building a replica Rosenwald Schoolhouse. Each school day, two classes of 4th graders will experience an early 1900s school day from the morning pledge of allegiance to class dismissal after a day spent studying reading, writing and arithmetic. Stay tuned for updates on the progress of the school building and details of the curriculum for this class.