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Committee mulls over options for historic Woodville School

A committee exploring future uses for the Woodville School at Ordinary said there are many possibilities for that historic building.


Dorothy C. Cooke reported during a Jan. 9 meeting of the T.C. Walker-Woodville/Rosenwald School Foundation that a timeline exhibit of African American education in Gloucester could be set up in the school where black children were once taught before public schools became integrated. Besides a timeline, Cooke said, the exhibit could include a map showing the location of other Rosenwald schools in Gloucester.


Foundation chairman Warren Deal said there were seven Rosenwald schools in Gloucester, but Woodville School is the only one still standing. The school was built in 1923 as part of an ambitious project by philanthropist Julius Rosenwald to help fund more than 5,000 school buildings for blacks across the South and Southwest. Rosenwald was a successful businessman who once was chairman of Sears Roebuck Company.


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