History of Rosenwald School
Since acquiring the circa 1920 Hamilton Rosenwald School (formerly known as the Hamilton Colored School)—Roanoke River Partners (RRP) have been working with regional partners to preserve this historic site (on the National Register since 1980). The vision for this renovated school is to serve as a river/visitor-community center and an interpretive site to celebrate both the region’s Rosenwald School and its Underground Railroad history.
Donations can be made on-line or by mail as designated to the Hamilton Rosenwald School project to: Roanoke River Partners, PO Box 488, Windsor, NC 27983.
Future and Fundraising
A master plan to guide this renovation was completed in June 2019. We are currently seeking additional investment to assist us in reaching the tipping point to initiate construction.
If you have artifacts or information related to this project—or if you would like to learn more about this project—you can contact the researcher/project coordinator, Carol Shields, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (252) 826-5719.
RRP thanks the many contributors of time, energy and money to this preservation project. With your help we are breathing “new life” into this historic school and with your continued support we will soon be able to open the doors of the Hamilton Rosenwald School to celebrate its over 100-year legacy!
Hamilton Rosenwald School Preservation Story: Preserving the memories, the faces and the place
This grant-supported book is entitled, Hamilton Rosenwald School Preservation Story: Preserving the memories, the faces and the place. It provides an overview of the project and its findings. Hundreds of copies of this book were sold to alums and others interested in this project from 2011 to 2020. Some copies were added to libraries across North Carolina. Unfortunately, the company that produced this book is now out of business and we are no longer able to purchase additional copies. For more information about this book, you can contact the researcher and project coordinator, Carol Shields, at (252) 826-5719.
Present Day Rosenwald River Center
Roanoke River Partners, Inc. and the Roanoke River State Trail River Center
203 E. Waldo Street
Visitor center hours: TBD
This circa 1920 Rosenwald School will provide a headquarters for Roanoke River Partners, Inc. and the Roanoke River State Trail. Our facility and associated enhancements will equip this site to serve as a community center for the Town of Hamilton and for the entire Roanoke River Region. It will be a depository for Roanoke River history and riverine science exhibits; Roanoke River Underground Railroad history and artifacts exhibits which feature the Roanoke River as a part of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom; and an authentic Rosenwald School setting with associated historic artifacts, printed materials and oral histories. Incorporating both indoor/outdoor gathering space, our completed river/community center will facilitate regional events & activities and serve as office space for the Roanoke River Partners, Inc. and the Roanoke River State Trail.
Camping is available on site. Contact us for details.