A Return to Madison County

Sep 28, 2022

I can’t seem to stay away from Madison County for very long. On this trip, I attended the rededication of the Anderson Rosenwald School and then did a talk at the Madison Count Library on Drifting into Darkness.

Rededication of Anderson Rosenwald School

I recently went back to the mountains for the rededication of the Anderson Rosenwald School in the Long Ridge neighborhood, just outside Mars Hill. I’ll have more to say here soon about the drive to make the preserved and restored Rosenwald Schools part of National Historical Park. 

The rededication of the Anderson School was held at the Broyhill Chapel on the campus of Mars Hill University. About 50 people attended the event. The mood was justifiably celebratory, before Mars Hill Baptist Church vans (one driven by Madison County Sheriff Buddy Harwood) carried folks to the lovingly restored Anderson School up a winding road, near the Mt. Olive Baptist Church. Afterward, Mars Hill Baptist hosted a fish fry back at Broyhill Chapel, with Pastor Tommy Justus serving.

Madison County Library

That evening, I was in Marshall at the Madison County Library, hosted by director Kim Bellafatto, giving a talk about Drifting into Darkness. The crowd was small but extremely interested in the book. Also in the audience was Georgette Penland Shelton, co-owner of my favorite general store, Penland and Sons.

Photos by Peggy Baker.

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