The Coinjock Rosenwald School (Coinjock Colored School/Crawford Colored School #7) served the villages of Coinjock, Currituck, Barco and Maple as a school for children of African descent from 1919 until 1950. It had two classrooms with one serving students in grades 1-3 and the other serving students in grades 4-6. An African-American carpenter built the school in Coinjock, NC at what is presently 4358 Caratoke Highway in Currituck County. The facility cost $4000 and $1,000 came from Black families in the area, $800 from white residents, $2000 from the county and $800 from the Rosenwald Fund. Booker T. Washington and philanthropist Julius Rosenwald created the Rosenwald Fund with the goal of improving African-American education in the rural south. In North Carolina over 800 Rosenwald schools were constructed To help address the educational issues in the state created partly due to alarming financial disparities. During this time, when allocating financial resources for education, the state spent $7.40 per white child but only $2.30 per Black child.
Currituck county officials closed the school in 1950 due to reports about its deplorable condition. They decided that it was more economically feasible to build one central school for “negroes” and replace all the other “colored” schools in the surrounding area. In 1951, Judge Chester Morris bought Coinjock Rosenwald School for $600.00. The Barrington Family purchased the school in 1954 and used the building for residential purposes. In 2012, an abandoned and dilapidated Coinjock Rosenwald School was “re-discovered”, found to have historical significance during a county survey and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Scheduled for demolishing as an effort to remove eyesores from the highway, local historian Barbara Snowden persuaded county officials from destroying what is allegedly “the most historically significant building in the county”. She brokered a deal between the estate owners and Paul Robinson of Currituck BBQ Company. He will move the old school a half mile down the road beside his restaurant, restore the building and open it as a museum with an ice cream shop and meeting place.
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