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History of Rosenwald schools to be honored Saturday

The documentary “Rosenwald,” a film about Sears, Roebuck & Company owner Julius Rosenwald’s early 1900s efforts to build schools for African Americans in the South, will be screened at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Mathews High School auditorium.

Guest speakers will be alumni of one of the few such schools remaining, the Antioch Rosenwald School in Susan. The screening is sponsored by the Mathews Film Society and is free and open to the public.

Before the screening, the public is invited to tour the school, which is associated with Antioch Baptist Church and now serves as a museum of local African-American history. Tours will be conducted from 10 a.m. to noon at 110 Antioch Road, Susan.

Antioch Baptist members Virginia Kelley, Mary Mackey, Alice Smith and Winston Thomas recall attending the Antioch Rosenwald School in the late 1930s to the late 1940s, when the school, which was built in 1927, finally closed its doors and the students transferred to Thomas Hunter Schoo...

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