Siloam School for African-American Students

During the Jim Crow era, Mecklenburg County had more Rosenwald schools for African-American children than any other county in America. In the early 20th century, educator Dr. Booker T. Washington conceived of a program to build high-quality, free schools for African-American children throughout the segregated rural South. My first time I went to visit the Siloam School for African-American students in early October, I was first amazed that the school was still standing after all these years and brought me to an emotion on me that I wasn’t prepared for. Walking around the property it took me back to the days of where African Americans were not equal and how things have progressed from back then to now. We all know that things back in the day were not right for African Americans and somehow things nowadays are still somewhat almost the same. I can sit back and remember how my mom told me how back in the sixties how they were spat upon had things are thrown at them called the n-word and how they were just tortured for being black. The school is in a predominantly white neighborhood and now seeing how the things are going nowadays in Charlotte North Carolina how they’re tearing down our history is a house but I hope it’s still standing. The Charlotte Museum of History is working on a detailed plan to re-locating the Siloam School and working with the community to find new uses for it. Charlotte Museum of History also looking to use the structure as a teaching resource to give an aspects of the life of African-America families in Mecklenburg County in the early 20th-century. For information on how you can help save the Rosenwald schools for African-American children please visit https://charlottemuseum.org/siloam/