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

Happy 90th Birthday Historic Russell School!

Join Us for an exciting weekend
"Celebrating the Legacy of the Historic Russell School"

September 9, 2016

6:45 PM: Lawn of Russell School

Photo Credit: The National Center for Jewish Film

"Theater on the Lawn"
featuring Rosenwald, a documentary on the life of Julius Rosenwald. Free and
Open to the Public. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Free Popcorn. Bring your own drinks. Rain or Shine. (We
will hold the event inside, if inclement weather.)

This event is sponsored by the Friends of Russell Rosenwald
and the National Center for Jewish Film.

 September 11, 2016
11:00 AM: Cain's Chapel Missionary Baptist Church

Annual “Russell School Day” with guest speaker, Dr. Valinda W. Littlefield, Director of African American
Studies at the University of South Carolina for “A Valley of Dry Bones: African Americans and Rosenwald Schools”.

We will also kick off our 90th anniversary
Buy-a-Chair Campaign”. Check back soon for more details.

Join us for an
Ole Fashioned Church Picnic” after service.
Please bring a picnic basket for you and your family. Desserts and drinks will be provided by the Friends of Russell Rosenwald School. Entertainment will be provided.

Click here for a flyer to help us "Spread the Word".

Thanks for Your Recent Visit

Northside Elementary School - Chapel Hill, NC
Voyager Academy - Durham, NC
Middle College High School - Durham, NC
Vernacular Architecture Forum

Past Events
Explore African American History in Durham County
Historic Russell School & Eno State Park
ril 25, 2015, 10:30 AM

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
June 19, 2015 - 6:30 - 9:30 PM

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 hosed 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 at our 90th anniversary Annual “Russell School Day”.

If you or a relative attended a Rosenwald School in Durham County or Surrounding Counties, please contact us at or (919) 452-6082 by August 29, 2016.

Click here for a copy of this announcement.

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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