Prior to desegregation, black schools across the South and in North Carolina were not supported by the various county school boards as equally as the white counterpart schools were. Communities and teachers did what they could with what they had, but the lack of public funding, substandard school buildings and school supplies created a challenging environment (in a negative sense) for both teachers and students. The Rosenwald school building program is considered to have enabled many African Americans to acquire an education that might otherwise have been unobtainable, and in a more conducive setting than was previously possible.
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