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NC school gets grant for African-American Heritage Center

August 14, 2018

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — A historically black university in North Carolina has received a $350,000 grant to turn a 1920s-era school for African-American children into a center to tell the stories of those students and others educated at similar schools.

Elizabeth City State University officials say in a news release that National Endowment for the Humanities gave the grant to pay for the renovation of the Rosenwald School building and the Principal’s House on the campus.

ECSU officials said last week that they must match the grant with donations to go toward the $1.5 million cost of turning the buildings into the Northeastern North Carolina African-American Research and Cultural Heritage Center.

Rosenwald Schools were named for Julius Rosenwald, a Sears and Roebuck executive who paid for schools for rural black children across the Southeast.

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