Preserving and Sharing the Story of the Lincoln Heights Rosenwald School
On September 2, 2017 faculty and students from Appalachian State University’s history department and faculty, staff, and students from the University Libraries’ Digital Scholarship & Initiatives team conducted a digitization day program, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities Common Heritage Grant, in collaboration with the Lincoln Heights Lincoln Heights Recreation Corporation (LHRC). Lincoln Heights is a large Rosenwald school for African Americans in Wilkesboro, NC. Open from 1924-68, Lincoln Heights educated and employed black southerners through the Jim Crow Era and the height of the 20th-century Civil Rights Movement. Since its closure, alumni and community members have been working to preserve and share their story. The event involved digitizing 133 artifacts associated with the school and provided by the alumni. There was also public programming including stories about the artifacts and memories about growing up in the Appalachian Mountains. The documentary Rosenwald was screened followed by a talk on the Rosenwald school building program.
The following is the online collection of the materials obtained through this project. The collection will continue to grow as we add future donations.