Museum of Southern Jewish Experience's newest Special Exhibition highlights the Rosenwald schools, one of the most quietly successful Black education programs in Southern - and American - history., “A Better Life for Their Children: Julius Rosenwald, Booker T. Washington, and the 4,978 Schools that Changed America,” will debut with an Opening Event and Lecture on Thursday, November 16th.
The exhibit memorializes the Rosenwald schools, one of the most quietly successful Black education programs in American history. The Southern program, developed through the partnership of Sears, Roebuck president and noted Jewish philanthropist Julius Rosenwald and Tuskegee Institute founder Booker T. Washington, changed the South, and America, for the better, narrowing the Black-white education gap that plagued Southern and border states, strengthening Black-Jewish relations, paving the way for the civil rights movement, and helping to build a new African American middle class.
5:30pm: Members-Only Preview. Members and Patrons are invited for an exclusive Meet & Greet with photographer Andrew Feiler and a light reception.
6:30pm: Public Opening. Doors will open to the general public and we will enjoy a presentation by Andrew, along with an opportunity to view the new exhibition and a book signing.
Sponsor: Bill & Susan Hess and the Cahn Family Foundation. Media Partner: Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.