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January 30, 2019

Rosenwald film screenings run through February

The 1948 Junior Class at Rosenwald School in Warrenton: Dorothy Jeffries, Mary Jackson, Rosie Chapman, Shirley Murray, Delores Brewer, Julie Sharp, Sarah Wigenton, Marjorie Coosenberry, Naomi Downey, Mary Frances Brown, Frances Burns, Rachel Smoot, Nettie Witherall, Eliza Foster, Paul Walker, Dade Nimrode, Harold Willias, Charles Green, Lloyd Thompson, George Jolly, Leona Mann, Theorore Berry, Clyde Carrol, John Mann, Ray Fitzhugh, John Baker and William Dowdy.
The former Rosenwald School near Remington.
The Afro-American Historical Association of Fauquier County will host screenings of the film Rosenwald several times during Black History Month.

The first showing will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the association headquarters at 4243 Loudoun Ave. in The Plains.

The film has been made available through The National Center for Jewish Film.

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The association also will show the film at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26.

The association will show Rosenwald on its lower level, which lacks handicapped access. But, also can be viewed on the first floor, accessible to everyone.

Aviva Kempner’s Rosenwald tells the story of Julius Rosenwald, who never finished high school but rose to become the president of Sears. The Jewish philanthropist, influenced by the writings of the educator Booker T. Washington, joined forces with African-American communities throughout the Jim Crow South to build more than 5,300 schools during the early part of the 20th century. Fauquier County had eight Rosenwald schools.

Before the Feb. 2 screening at 1 p.m., Linda Reed Jolley, who attended the Rosenwald School in Orlean, will share memories of her time as a student there and her subsequent research on the local Rosenwald schools.


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