August 14th, 2012
10:18 AM ET

Saving Rosenwald's Schools

By Emma Lacey-Bordeaux, CNN

Cassville, Georgia (CNN) - Tuesday through Saturday Marian Coleman goes to work at her old elementary school. Her husband jokes she's there more often than she's at home.

Coleman serves as the curator for the Nobel-Hill Wheeler Memorial Center. It's a modest museum in a restored 1920s-era building that served as an educational oasis for African-American students during segregation. After integration, the building sat empty and in disrepair until the community raised funds to restore it and create a museum:

[:41] "It's part of our history so we can look back and see where we came from really and see how far we've progressed," Coleman says.