Children Go Where I Send You will tell the story a community's struggle to save their historic Rosenwald School in Hertford County, NC.
"Children Go Where I Send You" will tell the story of the historic Mill Neck School in Hertford County, North Carolina. In August of 2011, Hurricane Irene severely damaged the roof of the school, leaving much of the interior exposed to the elements. Members of Mill Neck Missionary Baptist Church, to whom the school belongs, are at a crossroads. Should they tear down the 1927 structure or can they find a way to achieve their dream of turning it into a community center? The elderly and dwindling African American population of the church draw upon the past to help them make the right decision for the future. Because Hertford County has one of the nation's highest poverty rates, people's priorities here are putting gas in the tank and food on the table. Will the community be able to overcome this and other hardships to achieve their dream of turning the crumbling building into an agricultural museum and rural education center? "Children Go Where I Send You" will capture Mill Neck members, historians, and others on their journey to save this historic school.
Current Hertford County Public School students will assist in every phase of this documentary project from researching, to interviewing, to filming, and editing. The video will also include information about Hertford County's other eleven Rosenwald schools, three of which remain standing today. In 2002 the National Trust for Historic Preservation added Rosenwald Schools to its list of Most Endangered Historic Places. The goal of "Children Go Where I Send You" is to help preserve our precious African American history for future generations before it is too late.
The Kickstarter funding will go toward research fees, transportation costs, and purchasing technology for students to use such as an iPad, a Mac Book, a scanner, hard drives, and video cameras.
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