Sweet Home Vocational and Agricultural High School operated from 1924-1962. Sweet Home was one of the county's six Rosenwald Schools, financed in part by a donation from the Rosenwald Fund, which provided matching funds to African American communities to build public schools. The schoolhouse included a library, four primary classrooms, and a kitchen; the campus also had several separate dormitory buildings. Accredited as a public high school in 1935, Sweet Home, like many African American schools, focused on training students for industrial and agricultural jobs following a strategy for empowering black communities made popular by Booker T. Washington's famous Tuskegee Institute. Today, the building serves as a community center.
Watch the following video to learn more about Rosenwald Schools in Texas. This video was produced for inclusion in the African Americans in Texas mobile tour found in our Texas Time Travel Tours mobile app. For more information about the mobile tour and African American cultural heritage in Texas, visit the African American Heritage theme page at the following link: http://texastimetravel.com/travel-themes/main-african-american-heritage