Photo 2: Interior, Pine Grove Rosenwald School, Columbia, South Carolina, c. 1936.(Photograph courtesy Richland County Recreation Commission)
Rosenwald schools can be community centers for residents of all ages and the Pine Grove School has served its community for over 80 years. Pine Grove School opened in 1923 and closed in 1950. In 1968, the school district sold the building to the Pine Grove Community Development Center. The building reopened as a community center. In the 21st century, family reunions, community meetings, and church events are still held at the historic school.
Questions for Photo 2
1) Who is using the Pine Grove School in Photo 2? Why do you think they are there? How can you tell?
2) How are the people in the photo controlling the air temperature? How are they controlling the light in the room? What other features in the room make it a pleasant space?
3) What evidence of the Progressive Era can you find in this photograph? (Refer to Readings 1-3 if necessary)4) How has the use of the school changed over time? How has it stayed the same?