The Botetourt County Historical Society Inc. is sponsoring a program on the Rosenwald Schools that were built throughout the South during the early part of the 20th century to serve African-American children.  Botetourt County had four Rosenwald Schools constructed and operated by Botetourt County Public Schools.

“Preservation Virginia’s Rosenwald School Program” will be presented on Thursday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m. in the Fincastle Library Meeting Room, located on Academy Street in Fincastle.  The program is open to the public and admission is free.

The speaker will be Sonja Ingram, Preservation Virginia’s Manager of Preservation Field Services, working out of the Danville Office of Preservation Virginia.  has a Master’s Degree from the University of Maryland. Before joining Preservation Virginia, Sonja worked in the southern United States and Puerto Rico, where she was the assistant director of Archeological Conservancy’s Eastern Regional Office.

Her presentation will include a general overview of Preservation Virginia’s programs and the work they are doing with the Rosenwald Schools.

More than 5,000 Rosenwald Schools were built,…

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