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Woodville School to become a ‘living museum’

The Woodville Rosenwald School is nearing the end of its renovations and the Woodville Rosenwald School Foundation is hoping to have it ready to be opened in the near future.

Foundation president Dr. Wesley Wilson has a vision for the old schoolhouse brought on by observations he made in the county. He said that once a year the Black History Month exhibit is presented at the Gloucester Museum of History, and then is put away when February ends.

Wilson said he wants a place for people to come and learn about Black history all year round. The plans are to turn the school into a “living museum,” said Wilson. He sees the building having artifacts on display, resources for learning, and a place for teachers and students to come and learn about African-American history.

Wilson said that the original floor plan consisted of two large rooms taking up much of the building. At some point the building was converted to a residence, and the two rooms became eight with the addition of ...

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