A Better Life for Their Children: Julius Rosenwald, Booker T. Washington, and the 4,978 Schools that Changed America is an evocative and moving series of photographs by Andrew Feiler memorializing the Rosenwald schools, one of the most quietly successful Black education programs in American history. The Southern program, developed through the partnership of Sears, Roebuck President and noted Jewish philanthropist Julius Rosenwald and education activist Booker T. Washington, changed the South, and America, for the better, narrowing the Black-white education gap that plagued Southern and border states, strengthening Black-Jewish relations, paving the way for the civil rights movement, and helping to build a new African American middle class. The exhibit will open at the Museum on November 17th and run through April 21st, 2024.

Public Programs Schedule

November 16, 2023: Special Exhibit Opening Event
5:30pm: Members-Only Preview
6:30pm: Public Opening

December 13-17, 2023: PhotoNOLA 

January 18, 2024: Screening // Rosenwald, film by Aviva Kempner
6-7:30pm

February 28, 2024: Screening // Rosenwald, film by Aviva Kempner
6-7:30pm

March 7, 2024: Lecture by Stephanie Deutsch, author, You Need a Schoolhouse
6-7:30pm

March 10, 2024: Matinee Screening // Rosenwald, Film by Aviva Kempner
2-3:30pm

March 28, 2024: Rosenwald Schools Alumni Panel
6:00pm

April 4, 2024: Final Screening // Rosenwald, film by Aviva Kempner
6-7:30pm

April 21, 2024: Closing Event – Preserving Rosenwald Schools Field Trip to River Road African American Museum
Charter bus leaves MSJE at 1:30pm

Exhibit closes April 21st, 2024

Dates and times are subject to change.