Union Academy High School Dedicate Historical Marker

“The legacy of Union Academy is defined by the proud record of accomplishments, in all fields of endeavor, touching individual, family, community, vocational and spiritual accord, making its contributions an enduring monument, not only to the African American experience of former days, but to the new generations achieving success, recipients of the heritage, and spirit of this very unique and historic place,

-Lloyd Harris, Historian

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Historical marker will be dedicated to Fauquier County’s Rosenwald Schools

On August third, a ceremony will be held at Eva Walker Park in Warrenton, Virginia to unveil a historical marker, commemorating the eight Rosenwald schools. The eight schools are Blackwelltown, Cresthill, Greensville, Orleans, Rectortown No. 12, Remington No. 15, Rosenwald High School and Routts Hill.

The process of creating the historical marker began in April of 2018, when Karen Hughes White, executive director of the AAHA was contacted by Jerry Klinger, president of the Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation. Klinger was moved to fund the marker because he felt it important to tell a part of the Rosenwald school story in Virginia.

There will be a presentation of the marker, singing and speeches by Michael L. Blakey, Ph.D at the event. Following the ceremony will be refreshments.

For more information: http://bit.ly/2GcFkAE

Rosenwald Event at Politics and Prose

Aviva speaks at Politics and Prose Rosenwald event

On Sunday afternoon, July 14, producer and director Aviva Kempner joined art historian and curator Dr. Jeffreen M. Hayes at Politics and Prose to discuss talented Harlem Renaissance artist Augusta Savage on the occasion of the publication of Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman by Dr. Hayes.

Kempner started the program by showing the bonus feature on Augusta Savage that is among the four of half hours of new material on the Rosenwald DVD.
Dr. Hayes mentioned Augusta Savage had not received the recognition she deserved both as an artist and a teacher. Dr. Hayes had curated a traveling exhibit on Savage that is now exhibited in New York at the New-York Historical Society. Hayes talked about the importance of putting together the book with archival material from Savage’s life.




Dr. Jeffreen M. Hayes autographs copies of her book, Augusta Savage:Renaissance Woman for fans after the event

Dr. Hayes noted that Americans are finally learning about Savage–a sculptor, activist, and leading figure of the Harlem Renaissance–who co-founded the Harlem Artists’ Guild and became the first director of the federally-supported Harlem Community Art Center. With funds from the Rosenwald Foundation and the Julius Rosenwald Fund, Augusta Savage was able to study at leading Paris art school Académie de la Grande Chaumière for a year, aiding her success. In front of a full audience, Kempner and Dr. Hayes discussed Augusta Savage’s success and impact.
In the audience was NPR commentator Susan Stamberg who alerted the audience on her upcoming show highlighting Savage’s work in a commentary the next morning. Check it out here


Aviva Kempner wrote about Savage in The New York Times:

“As Confederate Statues Fall, What Should Replace Them?”

Check it out here!