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Marker unveiled at Woodville School

The state highway marker for the Woodville Rosenwald School, located on Route 17 at Ordinary, was unveiled last Thursday. Drs. Dorothy Cooke and Wesley Wilson gave speeches on the importance of the school and of the new marker.

The Woodville School was first opened in 1923 and was one of six schools in the county that were funded by Julius Rosenwald, then CEO of Sears, Roebuck and Company. Cooke said that T.C. Walker went to Chicago to meet with Rosenwald to obtain the funding needed to open the Gloucester schools and one teacher’s cottage.

Cooke said she attended the Bethel School until the students and teachers were all moved the Gloucester Training School, now known as the T.C. Walker Education Center. She said there are many still around who attended the different Rosenwald schools in Gloucester, including her mother.

Wilson said the old schoolhouse will be a place for the community to gather and use as a meeting location. He also said the school will be a place where the...

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