Center for Historic Preservation Director Dr. Carroll Van West and Graduate Research Assistant Annabeth Hayes recently traveled to McKenzie, Tennessee, for the opening of the Webb Historical Museum. The museum is an effort by the local community to preserve the memory of a historic Rosenwald school for African American children. The Webb School closed in 1966, but alumni acted quickly to preserve the site, coming together to purchase the property in 1971. After decades of collecting memorabilia and stories, alumni approached Dr. West to help them put together an exhibit that would preserve the legacy they had built. Dr. West, staff, and graduate students worked with the community to create interpretive panels that situate Webb’s unique story and collection of artifacts within the larger story of segregation, education, and Rosenwald schools in the twentieth century.
Exhibit Opening at the Webb School
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