Booker T Washington and Julius Rosenwald built about 5000 Rosenwald Schools for African-American children across the South. By 1928, one-third of the South’s rural black children were served by Rosenwald Schools. This one in Cape Charles closed in the early 1960s, and was used as a fish processing facility for a few years before closing completely. It will be renovated by a local trust in the next two years.
In shooting photos, I recognize that often it is just a matter of showing up. Looking for something, turning corners. And on some days, the good ones, they are there. Outside an orphanage for challenged children sits a blind boy in an orange tee shirt against an orange wall in shades trimmed in orange. Who will believe this I might have thought, knowing it doesn't matter. So show up.