On Feb. 23, the series titled Reflections on Black History in Westmoreland County returns by taking a trip to the old Kremlin School from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The program will feature scholarly insights of Stephanie Deutsch author of You Need a Schoolhouse: Booker T. Washington, Julius Rosenwald and the Building of the Schools for the Segregated South, with the Honorable Darryl Fisher, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors of Westmoreland County and Pastor of Jerusalem Baptist Church as MC.
The only surviving Rosenwald Funded School represent one of the most ambitious school building projects ever undertaken for the poor in the rural south, and, perhaps more importantly, symbolizes the African-American community’s struggle for an education. Although the Rosenwald Fund provided some money, the local African- American community had to raise the bulk of the funding. The schools were community projects that fostered the source of immense community pride. The Rosenwald Funded Schools were the way up for the next generations. As these structures disappear from the landscape, Virginia is losing an important tangible link to a story of struggle, survival, and the power of education; it is a story that shaped our history.
This is the second annual program partnered by the A. T. Johnson Museum and the Stratford Hall Plantation in efforts to continue to explore unique and important topics that will reach a diverse audience, the Jerusalem Annex: Rosenwald Funded School at Kremlin, Virginia seeks to preserve a legacy of commitment to the vital importance of education and the community involvement in it that will inform present generations of the impact that the Rosenwald Funded Schools had on this African-American communities of Westmoreland County.
The old Kremlin School is located at the Jerusalem Baptist Church Annex: formerly Kremlin School (2 blocks from Jerusalem Baptist Church) at 87 Antioch Road in Oldhams, Virginia.