The centerpiece of Monday’s sixth annual Founder’s Day program at Thomas Hunter Middle School will be the unveiling of a new historical marker celebrating Thomas Hunter School’s origin as a Rosenwald school.
The program will begin at 6 p.m. in front of the school, with an unveiling/dedication ceremony for the sign. Last fall, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources approved 10 new historical markers statewide, including one for Thomas Hunter School.
According to the DHR website, the text of the sign will read as follows:
Thomas Hunter (Rosenwald) School
African Americans formed the Mathews Educational League in 1923 and raised $9,900 to build a four-room school here in 1926-1927. Donations came mainly from the black community, with additional contributions from white residents, the county school board, and the Julius Rosenwald Fund. This fund, established by the president of Sears, Roebuck, and Co., and inspired by the work of Booker T. Washington, helped bu...
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