Rosenwald School certified as historical landmark

Supervisor George Zinn III recognized a committee working for the restoration of Isaac Chapel School, the last remaining Rosenwald School in Marshall County.

“They are an outstanding group of people concerned about preserving their history and the history of Marshall County,” he said during a recent board of supervisors meeting.

The structure is about 100 years old, built with donations from American philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, who built block schools for African Americans back when their schools were substandard.

Julius Rosenwald (Aug­ust 12, 1862 – January 6, 1932) was an American businessman and philanthropist. He is best known as a part-owner and leader of Sears, Roebuck and Company, and for establishing the Rosen­wald Fund, which donated millions in matching funds to support the education of African American children in the rural South, as well as other philanthropic causes in the first half of the 20th century. He was also the principal founder and backer for the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, to which he gave more than $5 million and served as president from 1927 to 1932.

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