$400,000 given to restore 1925 African American school in SC

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ST. GEORGE, S.C. (AP) — A school built nearly 100 years ago to educate African Americans in South Carolina is getting $400,000 to pay to restore it.

Dorchester County Council approved the money for repairs on the St. George Rosenwald School as part of a larger package for parks and tourism projects, The Post and Courier of Charleston reported.

The school was one of about 5,000 across the nation and 500 schools across the state built in the 1920s with help from well-known educator Booker T. Washington and Julius Rosenwald, the philanthropic president of Sears & Roebuck.

The pair would secure half the money for the schools if communities put up the other half.

The school in St. George was built in 1925 and is one of 36 Rosenwald schools in the state that still stand.

“County Council understands the historical significance of Rosenwald School,” said Chairman George Bailey. “We look forward to seeing the completion of the renovations.”

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