The Seminary School in Alexandria, Virginia #FlashbackFriday

by Lee Hernly, Editor

Seminary School

This Flashback Friday, with school out for summer recess, we’re taking a look at one of the older schools in Alexandria, Virginia’s history – The Seminary School.

The Seminary School was established in the 1920’s as an initiative of the Rosenwald Fund, a philanthropic foundation of  German-Jewish immigrant Julius Rosenwald. The school had three rooms for classes, a small library and an outside toilet. Water was obtained from a nearby well on the Smith Roy property. the school was one of some 5,000 schools across the country that were built by the fund to provide educational opportunities across the South for African Americans. The school operated until 1950, when the students were transferred to Lyles Crouch Elementary School.

Now, here’s the question(s) for our beloved readers – where was the school located in Alexandria and what sits in the same location today??

(Photo via Alexandria Black History Museum)


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