Snow Hill Institute
The Snow Hill Institute
was founded in 1893 by William Edwards, graduate of Tuskegee Institute and
protege of Booker T. Washington. This Institute was a private boarding school
that offered academic and vocational courses to southern and midwestern African
Americans. As a result of desegregation in Alabama, the Institute closed
its doors. However, in 1980, it was on track to be reopened by Ms. Consuela
Lee, William Edwards' granddaughter. Lee organized a group of alumni and
grassroots organizations to save the school. In 1995, Lee and the community
contacted Auburn University's Office of the Vice President for University
Outreach and the College of Architecture, Design and Construction and requested
assistance with facilitating restoration of the Institute. Since initial
request for assistance, Auburn University has conducted a study for the Institute
which emphasized maintaining cultural and environmental surroundings, and
the development of a charter school emphasizing arts, agriculture and technology.
Office Of the Vice President For University Outreach, (334) 844-5700.
Living Historical Farm For Children, Inc. (1996)
The Black Freedmen's Living
Historical Farm for Children, Inc., was founded on February 24, 1994, by
Ms. Ellen O. Byrd. Located on 40 acres of land in Wilcox County (actual location
Furman, Alabama). This farm provides school children throughout the state
of Alabama with an alternative educational experience that focuses on farming,
tree identification and aquatics. Auburn University Outreach has been working
with Ms. Byrd for several years on developing this educational establishment.
Currently, there are professors and students from Auburn University's College
of Architecture working with Ms. Byrd to develop site plans and renovate
an existing building into an Environmental Education Center. This center
will be used to stimulate environmental consciousness as it relates to cultural
awareness, recreational activities and historical re-enactments. As a result
of Ms. Byrd's vision and tirelessly work, she has introduced hundreds of
school children in Wilcox County and throughout the state to the benefits
of understanding how natural resources are utilized not only for survival
but to improve one's personal and economical growth. Contact: Dr.
Royrickers Cook, Assistant Vice President
of University Outreach (334) 844-5700.
Center for Arts and
Humanities Black Belt School and Library Initiatives (1996)
Schools and libraries
in the Black Belt are the focal point of a collaborative effort to bring
national caliber humanities opportunities to students. The "Helping High
Schools through the Humanities" program was developed by Auburn University's
Center for the Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts. Historically
faced with limited or no resources for humanities programming, Black Belt
schools and local public libraries now can participate in plays, poetry workshops,
author visits, and civil rights presentations. Auburn University's Distinguished
History Professor Wayne Flynt, author Linda Holmes, Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col.
Charles Dryden, poet Sonia Sanchez, and the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company
have presented extraordinary humanities events normally not accessible to
students in rural communities. Other projects include historical and cultural
preservation, building students' appreciation for the rich legacy of their
region. Contact: Dr.
Allen Cronenberg, Director Center for Arts and Humanities, (334)