Kentucky Historical Society
New Historical Marker Commemorates Montgomery County School

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, October 07, 2015  
Contact Information:  Becky Riddle
becky.riddle@ky.gov
502-564-1792, ext. 4474
 


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 7, 2015) – The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will dedicate a new historical marker Oct. 16 that commemorates a Rosenwald School in Montgomery County.

The unveiling will take place at noon EDT, at 110 Hamilton St., Mount Sterling.

Mount Sterling (Du Bois) School was the second Rosenwald School built in Montgomery County. Rosenwald Schools were a joint program between African-American education reformer Booker T. Washington and philanthropist Julius Rosenwald. Kentucky saw construction of 158 Rosenwald Schools between 1917 and 1932.

The Mount Sterling school was built in 1929. It had a library and, initially, 10 teachers for grades one through 12. In 1952, the two high schools for African Americans were consolidated. When fire destroyed the building in 1964, Montgomery County schools became fully integrated.

The Du Bois Community Center Board of Directors is sponsoring the new marker.

More than 2,400 historical markers statewide tell Kentucky’s history. More information about the marker application process, a database of markers and their text and the Explore Kentucky History app, a virtual tour of markers by theme, is at history.ky.gov/markers. KHS administers the Kentucky Historical Marker Program in cooperation with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

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The Kentucky Historical Society, an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, was established in 1836 and is committed to helping people understand, cherish and share Kentucky’s history. KHS is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. For more information about KHS and its programs, visit history.ky.gov.