(Marker Number: 2404)
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
(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
Dedicated August 10, 2013.