Second Union Rosenwald School Museum

Purpose

Second Union Rosenwald School Museum, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the intense commitment of rehabilitating Second Union School.  

Mission

 The mission of the Second Union (Rosenwald) School Museum is to preserve, highlight, and inspire people to learn about American History from various points of view that include the struggles and educational progress from slavery to desegregation. 

Vision

We envision communities where children and adults are inspired by the history of Second Union School, understand the importance of the history and its students’ experiences, strengthen community pride, and enhance enthusiasm for the critical importance of education.

Second Union School before preservation efforts

Preservation Project

In 2009, the  National Trust for Historic Preservation  and Lowe's announced the second round of grants from a joint initiative to restore iconic schools that represent an important chapter in United States history.  Lowe's provided a second $1 million grant to the National Trust for Historic Preservation to save 15 Rosenwald schools from permanent disrepair and, through adaptive reuse, to transform them into once-again vibrant facilities in their communities.  Second Union School is one of the places to begin the restoration process with the second round of funds.  


In 2008, Lowe's awarded $1 million in its first round of grants to fund work at 17 other Rosenwald schools in the south. The funds were used to repair the roof, windows, and concrete steps and build a ramp to improve accessibility.  Exterior work included painting and replacement of rotten siding boards.  Interior work includes painting and electrical work. The restored building will be used as a museum for the history of Black Education in Goochland County.    The  Goochland County Historical Society continues to support the rehabilitation effort. 


Today, no more than 10 to 12 percent of Rosenwald schools are estimated to remain standing. The National Trust for Historic Preservation named Rosenwald schools to its list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

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2019 Board of Directors and Officers

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Calvin Hopkins, President

Mary Turner-Day, Vice President

Lil Tyler, Secretary

Julia Price, Assistant Secretary

Louise Chapman, Treasurer

Christopher Thurston, Assistant Treasurer

Ella Helms

Rush Pace

Deloris Shelton

Gail Smith