What was it like to attend a segregated school?
Scrabble School was built in 1921 to educate African-American children when Virginia’s public schools were segregated. Sears Roebuck executive Julius Rosenwald provided seed money and blueprints; the small African-American community of Scrabble did most of the rest. Thanks to the Rosenwald Fund, more than 5,000 African-American communities throughout the South were able to build schools for their children.
Now, however, so few schools remain that the National Trust for Historic Preservation lists them among America’s “most endangered places.” The Scrabble School Preservation Foundation restored Scrabble School in 2010. Sharing its history and the experiences of people who attended Scrabble &/or one of the three other Rosenwald Schools in Rappahannock County is our mission.
The building is also home to the Senior Center of Rappahannock County. Its hours of operation are Monday-Thursday from 10am to 2pm, during which time the building is open to the public.
For a guided tour, contact the Scrabble School Preservation Foundation directly.
A virtual exhibit, oral histories, and lesson plans are available at scrabbleschool.org.