News and Events

The Historic Russell School can be used by the community for various functions. Since it is a historic site, certain restrictions may apply. For more information, please email

Please click the image below to view our article in the September 2014 issue of Carolina Country.

Upcoming Events

Historic Russell School Annual Weekend of Events

October 11, 2019
Movie on the Lawn: "Best of Enemies"

7:30 PM

Free and Open to the Public
Bring blankets and chairs.

Lawn of the Historic Russell School
2001 Saint Marys Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278

October 12, 2019
An Afternoon of Art and Performance

4:00 - 6:00 PM

Art Auction and Spoken Word Performance—Featuring: Artist Murphy Ayala and Mike Williams of the Black on Black Project.

Enjoy an afternoon of delight, filled with artwork, performance, conversations, music, history and hors d’oeuvres!

You will have an opportunity to win one of Murphy’s original oil paintings: “The Russell School” (valued at $1,600), and buy Russell School oil sketches.
(Funds will be donated to Historic Russell School.)

Murphy Ayala is an architect-turned-artist with an interest in the southern landscape, which led her to a Rosenwald School in Eastern North Carolina. She has traveled her home state and beyond to document the schools, and is currently creating a series of paintings intended to give visibility to this school building initiative.

Mike Williams fosters community engagement through his work as a consultant and through the Black on Black Project, a nonprofit, he founded that works with artists on exhibitions and events that unpack issues affecting the community.

October 13, 2019
Join us for our regular worship service.

11:00 AM

Cain's Chapel Missionary Baptist Church
2001 St. Marys Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278


Past Events
Explore African American History in Durham County
Historic Russell School & Eno State Park

The Historic Russell School coordinated a group tour of our historic site and a hike to the Fannie Breeze home site in partnership with Eno River Association. The group was led by Joe Liles.

Summer Starlight Jazz Soiree
Historic Russell School

Historic Russell School hosted a relaxing, starlight evening of jazz and dinner on the lawn of the school to coincide with the National Rosenwald Schools Conference. Tours will be given throughout the evening of the Historic Russell School, and a silent auction complemented the event. 

Thanks to our many donors and guests.

A Special Thank You to our Corporate Sponsor, North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company and MCs: ABC 11 News Anchor, John Clark, and The Light 103.9 FM Radio Personality, Melissa Wade.

Museum of Durham History hosted our first exhibit sponsored by PNC Bank.

Pictured below from left to right: John Bryson, Community Development - PNC Bank, Katie Spencer, Executive Director - Museum of Durham History, and Phyllis Mack Horton, Chair - Friends of Russell Rosenwald School
: Alumni and Descendants of Rosenwald Schools in Durham County and Surrounding Areas

The Historic Russell School, the last remaining Rosenwald School in Durham County, would like to celebrate YOU!

If you or a relative attended a Rosenwald School in Durham County or Surrounding Counties, please contact us at or (919) 452-6082.

Rosenwald Schools in Durham County included Rougemont, Walltown, Hickstown, Lyons Park, Hampton, Pearsontown, Union, Lillian, Mill Grove, Bahama, Becky Knoll, Sylvan, Bragtown, Peaksville, Russell, Woods, and Page Schools. 

Click here to review a list of known faculty and alumni.

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