Voices from the Historic Russell School

Saturday, February 17, 2024
10:00am to 12:00pm

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Photo of Russell School in Durham, NC


Saturday, February 17, 2024
10:00am to 12:00pm


iPearl Innovation Studio, Hill Library
North Forum, Hill Library
Cyma Rubin Visualization Gallery, Hill Library

About This Event

In the early 1900s, more than 800 Rosenwald Schools – schools for Black students built through philanthropic donations and funds raised by activists – were built in North Carolina. This number was, by far, more than any other state, however only a few of these school buildings still exist today. 

To help preserve their history, Kevin Oliver, head of the Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences in the NC State College of Education, and Associate Professor Angela Wiseman, have created a virtual tour of the Historic Russell School, which is the last Rosenwald School remaining in Durham County.

Join us in this open-to-the-public event in some of Hill Library's exciting high tech spaces to learn more about the Rosenwald Schools and the Russell School through a panel interview with individuals who attended the school, virtual reality tours via headset, a gallery exhibition of 360-degree photos of the school, and a multimedia exhibit with interviews, videos, and photos. 

For parking, the Gardner (2703 Vanderbilt Avenue) and Brooks Lot (2720 Hillsborough Street) are the closest, and all "B" and "C" parking spaces are free at NC State on the weekend. 

Image credit: Maria Miracoli - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=51395458

Contact Information

Shaun Bennett


Free and open to the public.


If assistive technology, live captioning, or other accommodations would improve your experience at this event, please contact us. We encourage you to contact us early about this to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.