The “Buy-a-Chair” campaign was orchestrated by John Mack, an active community leader, and four others in 1945 to raise funds to restore and maintain the Historic Russell School, as well as to provide recreational and educational activities for the community. Many individuals and businesses contributed to the fundraiser by purchasing chairs (most still present in the Historic Russell School) for $3.50.
This campaign is patterned after one of the first efforts to restore Historic Russell School in 1946,
whereas, metal and wooden folding chairs were sold with the purchaser’s name written on the back.
The chairs were kept in the school and used during various events held in the school. Some of the chairs are still in the school today, on display.
Original “Buy-a-Chair” Contributors (1945)
Ray’s Funeral Home The Owen Justice’s Mr. Ball
The John Macks Pleasant Green Church Prison Camp
D. N H Cordice M. S. Walker The J. Turners
The J. L. Moffitts Mt Calvary Church W. T. Jones Studio
E. Jones Funeral Home The G. W. Walkers The J W Williams
In celebration of our 90th anniversary, we invite you to support the Historic Russell School by purchasing a “virtual” chair in the amount of $90.00 for individuals and $350.00 for corporations. Your name and/or corporation will be immortalized in the Historic Russell School on a plaque and on our virtual wall.
You may also purchase a “virtual” chair “In Memory of” or “In Honor of”. Funds raised will support operational and administrative activities, community events, and restorative projects.
The Friends of Russell Rosenwald School is a 501(c)3 organization, all donations are tax deductible.
Mail a check to Friends of Russell Rosenwald School, Post Office Box 73036, Durham, NC 27722.
“Thank You for Keeping the Legacy Alive”
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