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Group: Clover site in danger

A Halifax County site — the Clover Rosenwald School — has landed on a list of historically endangered places in Virginia. 

Preservation Virginia has scheduled news conferences today around the state to detail its 2013 Virginia’s most endangered historic sites list for the ninth consecutive year.  The list includes places, buildings and archaeological sites across the commonwealth that face imminent or sustained threats and in some cases, their survival.

Among the list are Rosenwald Schools in Virginia that are often threatened with demolition by neglect, according to a news release. Sites like the Clover Rosenwald School (Clover Black School) in Halifax County is an example of the schools that remain but in various states of disrepair, the release stated.

The program was a major effort by Julius Rosenwald to improve the quality of public education for African-Americans across the south. During the 20th century, a total of 381 Rosenwald schools were built in rural areas across Virginia.

Preservation Virginia plans to launch a program that will provide community groups and individual owners with the preservation tools, models and case studies for how to preserve these schools that provided such vital roles in their communities. 

According to the release, by helping localities identify new uses for the schools and by advising on the creation of economically viable preservations plans, the legacy of these community centers will thrive once more.

Other schools recognized were the Union Hurst Rosenwald School (Switchback School) in Bath County and the Cape Charles Rosenwald School (Cape Charles Colored School) in Northampton County.