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The Chalk Dust Project
The History of the Schools in
Chalk Dust Project Earns the Star Award for Region 1 Kentucky Public Schools
The Interior of the Hickory Color School
The mission of the Chalk Dust Project is to create a lasting tribute to the history of the schools in Graves County for both students and the community.
We need your help in restoring a piece of history!!!!
Julius Rosenwald was a proponent of education for African American students in the 1920’s. Through Rosenwald’s initiatives, schools across the south were financed. Now, after eighty-six years, many of these schools are no longer a part of the landscape of the south. In recent years, a new initiative has been started to save as many of these schools as possible. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has identified Rosenwald schools as endangered places.
Graves County Board of Education has discovered one of these schools still standing. To enhance the mission of the Chalk Dust Project, our goal is to move and restore this school building as a museum and learning center. Moving and restoring the school will be a costly project, but a chance to save a historic part of our heritage. Community volunteers and students will be the driving force in the restoration project. Your funding will make this a reality.
Chalk Dust Project Link on Graves County Schools Website
1-270 674 or 328-4827
1-270 674 or 328-1567
The Plans for the Hickory Colored School
Map of Locations of Rosenwald Schools