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Joyce Perdue-Smith
Bernice Jackson
MacKenzie Jenkins
Allen Shropshire
Attorney Ray Cox
Barbara Ford
Attorney John Franklin
Michelle Reynolds

Eddie Hood
President Fairview Alumni Association
Mary Montgomery


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Jeanne Cyriaque Ira Levy
Bob Troy
John Ware
Wesley Walraven
Jamil Zainaldin
Delton Zimmerman

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Peggy Allgood
Elton Grundy
John Johnston
Sarah Love
Winifred Morrow
Artagus Newell
Alan Reeves
Willie Mae Sams
Joseph Smith, AIA
Swain Watters
Mike Weinroth

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ARC Presents Chcek to Fairivew Brown

(Pictured L to R: Pam Powers-Smith, Artagus Newell, Delmos Stone, Patrick Vickers, Wes Ryals, Joyce Perdue-Smith, Betty Sue Hickman, Samantha Bishop, David Mitchell, DCA Commissioner Christopher Nunn)

Fariview Brown Receives New Funding

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a regional economic development agency that represents a unique partnership of federal, state, and local governments. Established by an act of Congress in 1965, ARC is composed of the governors of the 13 Appalachian states and a federal co-chair, who is appointed by the president. Local participation is provided through multi-county local development districts. Priorities for ARC grant funding are established in ARC’s 5-Year Strategic Plan and Georgia’s 4-Year Development Plan.

The historic Fairview-E.S. Brown school, located in Cave Springs, has a unique opportunity to become an educational and heritage tourism destination in Georgia. Opened in 1924, the school served African-American children in southern Floyd
County and was recently listed on the Georgia Register of Historic Places. A
preservation plan has been developed for this site and provides information on
stabilization and restoration of the site.

The Fairview-E.S. Brown Heritage Corporation was awarded $51,208. The Fairview-E.S. Brown Heritage Corporation is to hire a consultant to develop a master plan for the Fairview School historic site. The total project cost was $73,000.

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2021 Super Museum Sunday Goes Virtual

Super Museum Sunday is on! Once again, Fairview will be participating. This year’s participation will be different as we will offer a virtual visit of our historic site. In addition to the COVID-19 considerations, we are happy to say that construction work for building accessibility for the restored First Grade building is in process thus making it off limits during this time.

On May 2 at 1:30 p.m., go to our YouTube channel, "Fairview School Historic Site," and watch a very interactive session featuring an open discussion on the importance of preserving historic sites and the positive impact the Humanities play in our society and culture. This conversation will be led by Jeannie Cyriaque and Jamil Zainaldin, our newest Honorary Board Advisors; and Joseph Smith, our architect who prepared our preservation plans. All three have been major catalysts for the Fairview Project and long-time supporters. They will be joined by Fairview alumni for a lively talk on what it was like on the Fairview hill. You will be able to use YouTube Chat to ask questions live.

The highlight of the afternoon will be a virtual tour of the Fairview campus to give you an up-to-dated picture of all the happenings. Be sure to tune in to the Fairview School Historic Site on YouTube from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. for this exciting virtual experience. You can replay the session at any time on the same YouTube channel.


In a year filled with life-changing events, we are pleased to have had reasons to celebrate at Fairview. As many organizations have done, we pivoted in some ways while continuing to move forward in every way we could. Thanks to your ongoing contributions, we are happy to say that our work has been rewarded.

Recently, we were able to safely gather on campus to share our Excellence In Restoration Award from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation with some of our long-time supporters. This rare October open campus day coincided with the Trust’s Fall Ramble which was hosted in Rome and included the Fairview School on the tour. We also celebrated the planting of our first garden, the Cornerstone Garden, thanks to a gift in honor of Alan Reeves and the Reeves Family. We are honored that Fairview was unanimously recognized by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) as the Best of the Best in Historic Preservation. These recognitions encourage us in maintaining our commitment to restoring the campus with full historical significance.

Fairview’s dedicated team has worked hard to secure grants and contributions to complete porches, ramps and walkways for the building. This project has been rescheduled for completion early in the summer of 2021. We are fortunate to have a diverse group of advisors and volunteers contributing in every way needed.

Building on this year’s momentum, we are excitedly looking forward to an even better 2021. Our educational team is completing pivotal plans to deliver our programs. We are ready for the major challenge of completing campus access and safety with driveways, parking and restrooms. We humbly ask that you consider a tax-deductible contribution to Fairview by the close of the year. Thank you for your support.

Have a wonderful and safe holiday season.

Joyce Perdue-Smith, Chairman
The Fairview-E.S. Brown Heritage Corporation

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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.

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Fairview Restoring a Rosenwald School

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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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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