A Better Life for Their Children: Photography by Andrew Feiler
Temporary Exhibition: A Better Life for Their Children: Photography by Andrew Feiler
Julius Rosenwald and Booker T. Washington forged one of the earliest collaborations between Jews and African Americans to create schools throughout the nation for black children who had no access to publicly funded education. From 1912 to 1937, the Rosenwald schools program built 4,978 schools for African American children across fifteen southern and border states. Hundreds of thousands of students walked through these doorways. For the first comprehensive photographic account of the Rosenwald Schools program, Andrew Feiler drove more than 25,000 miles and photographed 105 schools in all fifteen of the program states. The work includes interiors and exteriors, schools restored and yet-to-be restored, and portraits of people with compelling connections to these schools. The traveling exhibition of this work will originate at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. The Center hosted a virtual program of the same name, which can be viewed in its entirety here.