Built in 1927, Ridgeley School is one of 27 schools in Prince George’s County to receive assistance from the Rosenwald Fund.
The segregated school served African American children living near Central Avenue until the 1950s. Restored and reopened as a museum in 2011, it is one of the best examples of a Rosenwald School in the County.
Despite their critical role in the education of a large portion of the southern populations, Rosenwald Schools are a largely unfamiliar component of the educational history of the United States.
As a consequence the National Trust for Historic preservation named Rosenwald Schools to its 2002 list of Most Endangered sites.
More recently, Rosenwald Schools were designated as one of the first of the Trust’s National Treasures continuing their commitment to their preservation.