Archaeological Survey of Tennessee's Rosenwald Schools


The Tennessee Division of Archaeology completed an archaeological site survey of Tennessee’s Rosenwald Schools in 2017.  These schools for African-American students were built between 1912 and 1932 and partly funded by the Julius Rosenwald Fund. This program helped construct 354 schools, 9 teachers’ homes, and 10 industrial shops in Tennessee. Researchers were able to locate most of these sites, assess their archaeological integrity, and add them to the statewide archaeological database maintained by the Division of Archaeology. This proposed poster will present the distribution of sites across Tennessee and will describe the research process used in locating and recording the sites.  It will include a discussion of current site conditions and photos of standing schools, ruins, outbuildings, and surface artifacts.

Cite this Record

Archaeological Survey of Tennessee's Rosenwald Schools. Benjamin C. Nance, Sarah Levithol Eckhardt. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441716)

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 697