Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation provides generous support, along with community leaders and the Rosenwald family, to restore Rosenwald schools where, early in the 20th century, African-American children were educated. In the early 20th century, public schools for African Americans and inadequate. Booker T. Washington approached Chicago philanthropist Julius Rosenwald to help fix this situation. Rosenwald established a program to provide matching grants for school construction across the South. By the time it ended, the program had awarded $4.3 million in grants. These funds, coupled with $4.7 millions raised by African-American communities, built over 5,000 schools in 15 states. Following desegregation in the 1950s, most Rosenwald schools were closed, demolished, or forgotten. The work of grassroots activists and the National Trust's Rosenwald Schools Initiative has recently sparked new interest in identifying, preserving and celebrating these landmarks. Key to the success of these efforts is the support of the Rosenwald family, the creation of the Alice Rosenwald Flexible Fund, and the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation. Since 2008, Lowe's grants have helped local leaders preserve 41 schools and return them to active roles in community life. The combined efforts of community leaders, the Rosenwald family and generous support from Lowe's is enabling a new generation to discover its heritage and keep an inspiring vision alive. To learn more about Lowe's active role in the community, visit: http://www.Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility
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