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Stephanie Brooks

Bernice Jackson

The Fairview/ES Brown Heritage Corporation
3 Central Plaza Box 147
Rome, GA 30161
Office: 706-391-2642
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Board of Directors
and Officers

Joyce Perdue-Smith
Bernice Jackson
Stephanie Brooks
Executive Assistant
Allen Shropshire
Rita Chubb-Bridge
Bob and Virginia Troy
John and Barbara Ware

Eddie Hood
President Fairview Alumni Association

Advisory Board

Peggy Allgood
Nancy Boehme
Stephanie and Cedric Brooks
Delia Carter
Faith Collins
Jeanne Cyriaque
Russell Fleming
David and Barbara Ford
Dianna Haney
Allison Stewart-Harris
Tim Hensley
Margaret Hollingsworth
Leslie Jackson
John Johnston
Ira Levy
Anthony Knight
Kevin McAuliff
Julie Meadows
David Mitchell
Winifred Morrow
Denise Puckett
Alan Reeves
Michelle Reynolds
Willie Mae Sams
Mike and Linda Weinroth

Project Team

Joseph Smith
Wes Ryals
Landscape Architect
Sarah Love
Emma Mason
Student Intern
Theresa Pippin

Read the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Press Release:
Fairview School Listed in the National Register of Historic Places

Join us as we strive
to honor and preserve the African American educational legacy in Cave Spring, GA.

Become a part of the legacy as we ensure the restoration and listing of Fairview and E.S. Brown schools to the National Historical Registry, as well as, design and develop a permanent Exhibit of museum-like quality.

Your support will allow us to provide a learning opportunity for future generations so they too may benefit from the shared experience of honor, respect, moral character and cheerfulness gained as life skills at the Fairview and E.S. Brown Schools. (1924 to 1968)

Fairview Brown is a non-profit organization seeking support for the Restoration of the last remaining building built in the 1900’s for future community-based adaptive services. Renovation of this educational legacy preserves the rich African American cultural experience.

The Biggest Thank YOu In Town

Symposium and Gala Weekend
November 11-12, 2016

Proceeds benefit the historic Fairview School in Cave Spring, GA.

Weekend events will begin with a Symposium at Berry College on November 11th, where area college students and faculty will explore the footprints of the two titans, Julius Rosenwald and Booker T. Washington. The weekend will culminate on Saturday, November 12th at the historic Desoto Theatre with the northwest Georgia premier of the recently released film, Rosenwald.

Guests will be able to mingle with members of the Rosenwald and Washington families who will be on hand to share the fascinating story about the extraordinary life of Julius Rosenwald and his relationship with Booker T. Washington, a contemporary and close friend.

Rosenwald Trailer
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It gives me the greatest of pleasure to announce that Retired LTC John R. Ware II and his lovely wife, Barbara, will be our honorees for the Fairview School’s 92nd Anniversary Celebration and Gala Weekend. John and Barbara are both active in the community and have given exceptional service to the Fairview Project; as did his mother (Margaret Ware) and aunt (Eva Samuel) who taught at Fairview.

Retired LTC John R. Ware II and his lovely wife, Barbara

THE GALA ~ November 12, 2016

Please mark your calendar for the premier at the Historic DeSoto Theatre
in Downtown Rome, GA.

Saturday, November 12, 2016
Private Patrons’ Party 6 p.m.
Curtains roll up at 7 p.m.

The National Center for Jewish Film
Film provided by
The National Center for Jewish Film

Proceeds benefit the historic Fairview School in Cave Spring, GA

Fairview and E.S. Brown’s Joyce Perdue-Smith Receives Governor’s Award for the Arts and Humanities

Executive Director is among thirteen individuals recognized for their contributionsto the state’s ‘civic and cultural vitality’

Governor honors Perdue-SmithRome, GA – October 7, 2015
The Fairview and E.S. Brown Heritage Corporation is pleased to announce that Chairman and Executive Director Joyce Perdue-Smith is a recipient of the fourth annual Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities. Governor Nathan Deal announced the thirteen recipients of this year’s awards, which recognize outstanding individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to Georgia’s civic life and cultural community, at a ceremony held at the state capitol yesterday. The awards were presented in partnership with Georgia Council for the Arts and Georgia Humanities.

“The individuals that make up Georgia’s arts and humanities communities cultivate, grow and sustain our state’s vibrant cultural offerings, making Georgia a great place to live, visit and do business,” said Governor Deal.

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Your Financial Support Will Help Us
Achieve Our Vision

Re-envisioned Campus

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We raised the (money for) the roof!
Now let's fire up donations for a new chimney!
Please help us reach our goal of $8K to replace the chimney.

$20K For a New Roof

The Fairview-E.S. Brown Restoration Project

Interpretive Center

Fairview GardenThis rendering represents phase 1 of the project to be completed after the school is restored. This interpretive center will allow us to host field trips for students from across Georgia. It will also give us the opportunity to begin horticulture studies. The plot represents the no-longer existing Rosenwald building that had three rooms in it. As you can see, the only remaining feature of the building is the chimney (shown). Each of the three plots will contain an editable gardens that can be adopted by local area schools.

The Fairview-E.S. Brown Heritage Corporation seeks to preserve the life-affirming African-American cultural experiences of the early 1900s; namely, the Fairview Colored School located in Cave Spring, GA. The campus was erected under the Julius Rosenwald and Booker T. Washington philanthropic building campaign to provide an education for African-Americans. The only remaining structure, the first grade building, is now in imminent danger of collapsing. Tentative preservation plans include a re-created four-acre campus with museum, campsite, organic garden, and multi-purpose buildings to benefit the entire community. Learn more >>


Fairview Brown Featured in Georgia Humanities 2014 Impact Report

We are extremely honored to be featured in the Georgia Humanities 2014 Impact Report. Georgia Humanities Council president, Jamil Zainaldin, is an avid supporter of Fairview Brown and was a dynamic and engaging keynote speaker at our 2014 Gala. Thank you to the Council for shining a light on our preservation efforts.

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The Fairview-E.S. Brown School
Remembered and Recognized

The 90th Anniversary Celebration of the Fairview School

A historic event came to fruition on the weekend of November 6-8, 2013 when the Fairview-E.S.Brown School in Cave Spring celebrated its 90th birthday. The school, one of four buildings that stood on a Rosenwald campus is located in Floyd County. Hundreds of people including Georgia’s Attorney General, Sam Olens, lengendary Atlanta news anchor, Monica Kaufman Pearson, alumni, friends, university scholars, noted authors and family members of Booker T. Washington and Julius Rosenwald came from far and wide to pay tribute to the school that gave this small community a sense of pride and purpose. Now, the restoration of this modest school will begin.

This reimagined building will house a museum and a place where today’s school children can see how students in the 1920-1950’s learned far more than their ABC’s. The campus will feature farm to table gardens that will give children the experience of planting vegetables and other staples that were essential in rural communities. During the weekend former students talked about the life lessons they learned and how Fairview prepared them for a future that was to change beyond anyone’s imagination.

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