Map 1: Julius Rosenwald Fund Schoolhouse Construction Map, 1932.
Public schools in the South were racially segregated in the early 20th century. The school boards generally gave more money to support white schools than black schools. The Rosenwald school building program gave African American communities funding to build and supply schools for black students between 1913 and 1932.
Each dot on the map represents one Rosenwald School.
Questions for Map 1
1) What states appear on the map? What shared history do they have?.
2) Pick out any state on the map. Do you see any patterns to the schools constructed in that state? What might account for these patterns?