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Rosenwald Schools [Part 2 of 2] (2013)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Donaldsonville, Ascension Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2013-09-27

Duration: 00:07:49

Subjects: Education | Segregation | African Americans | Rosenwald Schools | River Road African American Museum | Washington, Booker T., 1856-1915 | Rosenwald, Julius, 1862-1932


  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Producer
  • Woods, Virnado Photographer
  • Banks, Robin Interviewee
  • Hess, William Interviewee
  • Hambrick-Jackson, Kathe Interviewee


This segment from the September 27, 2013, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Shauna Sanford's interviews with Robin Banks, the great-granddaughter of Booker T. Washington, and William Hess, the great-grandson of Julius Rosenwald, on the partnership between their great-grandfathers that led to the building of over 5,300 Rosenwald schools. Washington, a prominent African American author and educator, and Rosenwald, the CEO of Sears & Roebuck, built the schools to help educate African Americans during segregation in the early 20th century. Banks and Hess met for the first time at the opening of a restored Rosenwald School at the River Road African American Museum in Donaldsonville. Hosts: Shauna Sanford and Charlie Whinham