Exhibit Opening - A Better Life for Their Children: Julius Rosenwald, Booker T. Washington, and the 4,978 Schools that Changed America – Photographs, Storytelling, and Original Curation by Andrew Feiler (In Person)


The Filson Historical Society Fri, Jun 9 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM


This exhibit is sponsored by Stock Yards Bank & Trust and Skipper and Hana Martin.

Join the Filson Historical Society for the opening of the traveling exhibit, A Better Life for Their Children: Julius Rosenwald, Booker T. Washington, and the 4,978 Schools That Changed America – Photographs, storytelling, and original curation by Andrew Feiler. Participants will have the opportunity to meet the curator in the gallery to engage in conversation and answer questions. At 5:15 pm, the curator, staff, and sponsors will share short remarks. This exhibit opening is free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged.

In the early decades of the twentieth century, a visionary partnership between a Black educator and white Jewish business leader launched transformational change across the segregated South. A Better Life for their Children is a traveling photography exhibition about the Rosenwald Schools that Booker T. Washington and Julius Rosenwald partnered in creating between 1912 and 1937 to serve black students in rural communities. The program built 4,978 schools across fifteen southern and border states including 155 in Kentucky. Rosenwald schools created educational access for African Americans in places where it had been severely restricted.  Of the original schools, only about 500 survive, 3 of which are in Jefferson County. Atlanta-based photographer Andrew Feiler spent more than three years documenting the remaining schools and the stories that live on in generations of graduates.  This body of work became a book by the same title, published by University of Georgia Press in 2021.  


Andrew Feiler is a photographer, author, and fifth generation Georgian. Having grown up Jewish in Savannah, he has been shaped by the rich complexities of the American South.