Kentucky Historical Society
New Historical Marker Commemorates Montgomery County School
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.
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.