Restaurant owner saves historic school for black children

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BARCO, N.C. (AP) — A Currituck County barbecue restaurant owner has purchased a historic former school for poor black children and announced plans to make it into a museum, country store and meeting place.

The Virginian-Pilot ( reports Paul Robinson, the owner of Currituck BBQ in Barco, recently bought the schoolhouse for $5,000 and moved it less than a mile so that it now stands behind his restaurant on U.S. 158.

The 60-foot-long Rosenwald school was built in 1920 and was a school for local black children through World War II. A National Register of Historic Places listing says President Franklin Roosevelt once rode by and waved at the children standing outside the school.

Local historian Barbara Snowden, who lobbied for someone to save the dilapidated building, says she’s “elated” Robinson is renovating it.


Information from: The Virginian-Pilot,

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