Inspired by his Jewish faith, and at Booker T. Washington’s behest, Sears, Roebuck & Co. president Julius Rosenwald helped fund construction of thousands of educational facilities for African Americans across the South between 1912–1932. Rosenwald funds comprised 15% of total spending, with the rest coming from black political organizing and fundraising. The initiative provided critical leverage for local African Americans who had long lobbied for better schools. Of the 371 Rosenwald Schools built in Virginia, southern Rappahannock County children attended Scrabble School from 1921–1968.
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