Black Rural Schools Construction Timelines: Catto Postscript

In partnership with Booker T. Washington, Julius Rosenwald, a part owner in Sears and Roebuck, begins creating model rural schools for blacks and also stimulated the construction of new public schools in the South. Believing that the lack of education opportunity was the major crisis for blacks in the U.S., together they created more than 5,000 community schools into the 1930’s. Many of these schools became places where ICY  (Cheyney) graduates taught. Down the road many of these schools were embroiled in civil rights efforts to equalize education between blacks and white.