Clover Rosenwald School One of Virginia's Most Endangered Sites
Halifax Co, VA - There are major efforts underway to save three historic schools on the Southside.
Monday, Preservation Virginia announced their 2013 list of endangered historical sites across the state.
The Rosenwald Schools are on the list. They were created in the 20th century for African American children.
Eighty-three-year-old George Foster has fond memories of attending the Rosenwald School in Clover from 1st to 5th grade.
"It was lovely... I had nice teachers," Foster remembered.
Having lived in the area most of his life, Foster knows how vital the school was to African-American children.
"It was nice for the black people to have the school in the town of Clover," said Foster.
The Clover school is one of 14 Rosenwald Schools in Halifax County, but there are many more across the state.
"There are a total of over 380 built in rural areas across Virginia," said Justin Sarafin with Preservation Virginia.
The schools were created in the 1920s by former Sears & Roebuck president Julius Rosenwald to fill a void of quality education for black children.
Preservationists say many people don't realize their importance.
"People don't really understand what they are and how historically significant they are to African American history in Virginia," Sarafin said.
Preservation Virginia hopes to save the schools that have been the most neglected, so people like George Foster can continue enjoying fond memories without worrying that it will be lost forever.
Preservationists say they hope to find grants and additional funding in order to work with the owners of the school buildings to fix them up and save them from demolition.
A couple other places in our area made the list too including the Fearn site in Danville, where they're putting in an industrial park, and Compton Bateman house in Roanoke.