Members of Second Union (Rosenwald) School, Inc. work on interior of building. From left to right: Joe Lewis, Rush Pace, Calvin Hopkins (alumni of Second Union School), and Jim Haskell (not pictured).
In 2009, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Lowe's announced the second round of grants from a joint initiative to restore iconic schools that represent an important chapter in United States history. Lowe's provided a second $1 million grant to the National Trust for Historic Preservation to save 15 Rosenwald schools from permanent disrepair and, through adaptive reuse, to transform them into once-again vibrant facilities in their communities. Second Union School is one of the places to begin the restoration process with the second round of funds. (In 2008, Lowe's awarded $1 million in its first round of grants to fund work at 17 other Rosenwald schools in the south.) The funds were used to repair the roof, windows, and concrete steps and build a ramp to improve accessibility. Exterior work will include painting and replacement of rotten siding boards. Interior work will include painting and electrical work. Once restored, the building will be used as a museum for the history of Black Education in Goochland County.
Today, no more than 10 to 12 percent of Rosenwald schools are estimated to remain standing. The National Trust for Historic Preservation named Rosenwald schools to its list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.
Chimney encased September 2013 - boards donated by Jim Haskell
Front entrance before second round of grants
Front entrance after second round of grants
Original chimney before encasement
A lot of work has been accomplished on the interior of the building. This is what it looked like in January 2014, when Second Union (Rosenwald) School held it's first annual meeting.
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