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Cook Foundation awards $75,000 grant to Woodville School

The Woodville Rosenwald School Foundation has been awarded a $75,000 matching grant from the Cook Foundation for the continued renovation of the school.

The grant is the Cook Foundation’s way of preserving and supporting the legacy of the school and the African American community in Gloucester.

The school was built in 1923 by then Sears, Roebuck and Company CEO Julius Rosenwald, after T.C. Walker had met with him to help fund the construction of six black schools in Gloucester. The last of the Gloucester Rosenwald schools is located on Route 17 at Ordinary.

“The Woodville School is not only a historic site, but with the leadership of the Woodville Rosenwald Foundation, it will again become a cultural center in Gloucester, Virginia,” said Adrianne Joseph, Founder and Chair of the Cook Foundation. “The Cook Foundation is pleased to support the restoration and preservation of the interior.”

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