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2015 News

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’

Joyce 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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Tour of Historic Homes Benefits Fairview School

Tour of Historic Homes Benefits Fairview School

Saturday, September 12, 2015
Sunday, September 13, 2015

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City of Rome Selected to Receive
Federal Historic Preservation Grant

ROME, GA, April 29, 2015 —The City of Rome will receive $9,000 for a preservation plan for the historic African-American Fairview School, located in Cave Spring, Floyd County from the FFY 2015 Historic Preservation Fund. The City of Rome was selected as one of nine Georgia communities to receive a FFY 2015 federal subgrant from the FFY 2015 Historic Preservation Fund to conduct historic preservations.

Nine subgrant recipients received a total of $88,170 from the FFY 2015 Historic Preservation Fund. For the FFY 2015 grant cycle, historic resources surveys and National Register nomination projects were given priority funding by the Historic Preservation Division. These priority subgrant projects include historic resources surveys in seven Georgia communities and one National Register nomination in an African American neighborhood in Brunswick as well as the preservation plan for Fairview School. Grant projects are to be completed by September 2016.

The grants are provided annually through the Historic Preservation Fund from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Park Service and are administered by the Historic Preservation Division (HPD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Each year, Georgia’s 89 Certified Local Governments (CLGs) are eligible to apply for the matching 60% federal/40% local grants. To be eligible to become a federal Certified Local Government, a city or county must have passed a preservation ordinance and have established a historic preservation commission.

HPD Division Director David Crass said, “Because historic resource surveys are the foundation of all preservation activity, particularly for a CLG, this year we made the decision to offer priority funding for survey and National Register grant projects. These surveys will also identify buildings eligible for our star and federal tax incentive programs,” he added.

HPF grant funds may be used for a variety of other preservation activities, including archaeological surveys, design guidelines, educational/promotional/tourism activities and publications.

For press inquiries contact Historic Preservation Division Director David Crass at 770-389-7846 or

The City of Rome takes pride in a heritage of prosperity, and a future focused on providing the community with outstanding services for citizens and for those visiting Rome. The city values strong employment, leading education, public safety, supportive culture, and community recreation. Rome welcomes residents and visitors year-round to enjoy activities in the heart of the community, including the Forum and downtown.

Fairview School Seeking Workday Volunteers

ROME, GA, January 15, 2015 — The Fairview and E.S. Brown Heritage School Corporation in partnership with The Georgia Trust is seeking volunteers for a workday at the historic Fairview School located in Cave Spring, Georgia on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 10 a.m. Rain date February 7th.

Work will focus on clearing vegetation and general site clean-up and preparation. All skill levels are appreciated.

Volunteers are asked to register online to help organizers prepare for the day. Register online at:

The Fairview School, located in Cave Spring was designated by The Georgia Trust a 2011 Place in Peril to help raise awareness and support for the restoration of the historic building. The circa 1924 Fairview School building is one of the few remaining schools built to provide education to African American children in Georgia. Much of the history of this school has been lost, but the Fairview School building remains as an example of segregated education and the impact it had on the children of the period.

For questions about the volunteer day, contact Kate Ryan at 404-558-7817 or email

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Registering is very easy. The event is FREE and lunch will be served. Thanks everyone for your continued support!!


2015 Events Calendar

Join Us For The Fairview School 5th Annual BBQ,
May 22nd!

Proceeds to Benefit the Restoration of the
Fairview First Grade School Building.

The Fairview School Fifth Annual Barbeque

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Work Day at the Fairview Campus

On Saturday, January 31, 2015, The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation will host a Work Day at the Fairview Campus. If interested, please contact Kate Ryan at The Georgia Trust - or 404-885-7817.


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