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Sylvan School

Lillian SchoolPhoto courtesy of Fisk University Franklin Library, Special Collections

This two-teacher school was built for the 1925-26 school year. It was constructed on two and a quarter acres of land and cost $4,125. Of this total, $350 came from the black community, $3,075 from public funds (provided by the Durham County school board), and $700 came from the Rosenwald Fund. The Sylvan School was located in Lebanon Township and was completed during the tenure of Jeanes supervisor Carrie Jordan.

Like other Rosenwald schools in Durham County, the Sylvan School replaced a "recycled" school, one decommissioned for use by white students. Its funding and construction followed the familiar path of the black community petitioning the Durham County school board and promising to split the costs and labor.

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