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

September 8, 2018
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Lawn of the Historic Russell School

2001 Saint Marys Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278

Join us for UNC TV's Read-a-Roo "Celebrating the Children" Event!
Read-a-Roo will  host activities, giveaways, and fun!

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This event is free and open to the public.

Click here to register. (Note: Registration is not required.)

September 9, 2018
11:00 AM
Cain's Chapel Missionary Baptist Church
2001 St. Marys Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278

Join us for our regular worship service. This year's theme is "Celebrating the Children", and the entire program will be facilitated by youth.

Our guest speaker is Eddie Davis, former member of Durham City Council, retired educator, community activist, former board member of Friends of Russell Rosenwald School, and Public Historian for the City of Durham's 150th Anniversary.

Light refreshments will be served after the program. The Historic Russell School will also be open for tours.

patrons for 2017-2018 and alum and descendants of any Rosenwald School will be acknowledged during the program.

Please click here for more details. Hope to see you there!

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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