Building a Community: The Cape Charles Elementary Rosenwald School

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The Cape Charles Elementary Rosenwald School, ca 1929
The Cape Charles Elementary Rosenwald School, ca 1929

The Cape Charles Museum and Welcome Center

814 Randolph Avenue Cape Charles, Virginia 23310
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The Cape Charles Museum and Welcome Center has a new exhibition opening May 12th. “Building a Community: The Cape Charles Elementary (Rosenwald) School” tells the story of African American education across the rural south during the period of legal segregation, through the local lens of the Cape Charles Elementary School. The exhibition is on view until November 24.

Come to the Cape Charles Museum and Welcome Center to experience this difficult segment of United States history as told through the original voices of former Cape Charles Elementary students and teachers. Not unlike the underlying values of the Rosenwald School project, this exhibition represents a collaborative community effort. The Cape Charles Historical Society partnered with the Cape Charles Rosenwald School Restoration Initiative (CCRSRI), the Cape Charles Northampton Heritage group, and members of our local and regional community to tell this important story.

This exhibit is funded in part by a grant from Virginia Humanities.

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