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Longleaf Productions (Greensboro, NC 27410-4509)
Tom Lassiter (Project Director: January 2020 to present)

Short Documentaries
Public Programs

[Grant products][Media coverage]

$120,000 (approved)
$120,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2020 – 5/31/2022

"The Rosenwald Schools of North Carolina" and "The Rosenwald Schools of South Carolina"

Production of two thirty-minute documentaries about Rosenwald Schools in North Carolina and South Carolina.

These two short films are the first in a planned series covering each of the 15 states with Rosenwald Schools. Rosenwald Schools were the result of the friendship and collaboration between the famed educator Booker T. Washington and Julius Rosenwald, a Jewish philanthropist and president of Sears Roebuck. Their school construction scheme built nearly 5,000 schools across the South, circumventing Jim Crow's efforts to deny education to black youth. How was it that North and South Carolina built more Rosenwald Schools than any other states? And why do so few survive in South Carolina? These films will explore the unique histories of Rosenwald Schools in the Carolinas. The films will celebrate the schools' roles in their communities through the eyes of alumni, teachers,scholars, and others working to preserve this important chapter in American history.