Welcome to our site, dedicated to preserving Greensville County's last surviving Rosenwald School. This site outlines our goal of restoring the 1929 Greensville County Training School on Ruffin Street in Emporia, Virginia.
These restoration efforts are coordinated by the Non-profit 501(c)3 group Citizens United to Preserve the Greensville County Training School, formed in 2000. While the group now owns the building and surrounding lot, there is much to be done. Selective demolition has preserved as much as the building as safely possible. Many exterior walls were saved, but the roof and most of the interior walls were removed to prevent a catastrophic loss of the entire building. While the building currently appears a ruin, in has, in fact, been as well preserves as safely possible.
Our architect has worked with research provided by University of Virginia Students with additional information and support from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has named Rosenwald Schools number 11 on their list of the most endangered historic places in the nation. In response to the most endangered designation, the Southern Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation has created the Rosenwald Schools Initiative, in an effort to save what have since been named National Treasures.