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Lee-Buckner School Oral History Project

The Lee-Buckner School Oral History Project (2018-2019) was initiated and is being funded by the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, Tennessee. Lee-Buckner School was one of approximately 375 Rosenwald schools built in Tennessee. More than 3,500 Rosenwald schools were built across the South between 1917 and 1932. The schools for African Americans were built as a result of a partnership between American educator, author, and advisor to presidents, Booker T. Washington and Julius Rosenwald, CEO of Sears, Roebuck, and Company. In 2018, The Heritage Foundation purchased the Lee-Buckner schoolhouse in order to move it to one of their campuses in Franklin, Tennesee. The oral history project will help to tell the story of the school and place it within the context of African American history and education in the area, and indeed help tell a more complete story of the Rosenwald school movement. When completed, the archive will consist of interviews with former students of the school, community members, and local historians.

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