“Rock Hill students on Wednesday learned how hard it is to pick cotton off a seed and how to sew by hand. They also learned about segregation and the start of public schools in the U.S.
The students were visiting Carroll School, a historic school in Rock Hill that now serves as a place where fifth-grade students learn about the Great Depression, and the physical and oral history of the African-American community, according to the Rock Hill school district.
Carroll School was built in 1929 as one of more than 5,300 buildings in 15 states that was built by and for African-Americans, according to the district. The school was built as part of the Rosenwald Initiative, an effort by Booker T. Washington and Julius Rosenwald, president of Sears, Roebuck and Co., to provide educational opportunities for African-Americans in the South.
According to Rock Hill schools, Carroll School is ‘known as one of the most influential philanthropic forces that came to the aid of Negroes at that time.'”
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