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Woodland School


Woodland School (Marker Number: 2404) County: McCracken Location: 5740 Hocker Rd., Paducah Former site of a Rosenwald School for African Americans in Massac, New Hope and Hills Chapel. In this one-room wooden structure, one teacher taught 25-30 students from grades 1-8. Many of the students were children and grandchildren of former slaves. Woodland School opened in the 1920s and closed in 1963, due to the integration of Kentucky schools. (Reverse) Rosenwald Schools- From 1912-1932, Julius Rosenwald, philanthropist and CEO of Sears, Roebuck, & Co., collaborated with Booker T. Washington, preeminent African American educator, to build 5357 new one-room schools to serve African Americans across the south and southwest. Their goal was to improve the quality of education for children in rural areas. Dedicated August 10, 2013.