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The Fairview/ES Brown Heritage Corporation
3 Central Plaza Box 147
Rome, GA 30161
Office: 706-232-0975
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Board of Directors

Joyce Perdue-Smith
Ted Barnett
Vice Chairman
Delton Zimmerman
Mary Alice Montgomery
Rita Chubb Bridge
Project Manager

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Join us as we strive
to honor and preserve the African American educational legacy in Cave Spring, GA.

FairviewBecome a part of the legacy as we ensure the restoration and listing of Fairview and E.S. Brown schools to the National Historical Registry, as well as, design and develop a permanent Exhibit of museum-like quality.

Your support will allow us to provide a learning opportunity for future generations so they too may benefit from the shared experience of honor, respect, moral character and cheerfulness gained as life skills at the Fairview and E.S. Brown Schools. (1924 to 1968)

Fairview Brown is a non-profit organization seeking support for the Restoration of the last remaining building built in the 1900’s for future community-based adaptive services. Renovation of this educational legacy preserves the rich African American cultural experience.

The Fairview-E.S. Brown Restoration Project

Interpretive Center

Fairview GardenThis rendering represents phase 1 of the project to be completed after the school is restored. This interpretive center will allow us to host field trips for students from across Georgia. It will also give us the opportunity to begin horticulture studies. The plot represents the no-longer existing Rosenwald building that had three rooms in it. As you can see, the only remaining feature of the building is the chimney (shown). Each of the three plots will contain an editable gardens that can be adopted by local area schools.

The Fairview-E.S. Brown Heritage Corporation seeks to preserve the life-affirming African-American cultural experiences of the early 1900s; namely, the Fairview Colored School located in Cave Spring, GA. The campus was erected under the Julius Rosenwald and Booker T. Washington philanthropic building campaign to provide an education for African-Americans. The only remaining structure, the first grade building, is now in imminent danger of collapsing. Tentative preservation plans include a re-created four-acre campus with museum, campsite, organic garden, and multi-purpose buildings to benefit the entire community. Learn more >>


We are proud to announce that the Fairview School has been named one of the “Places in Peril” by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation for 2011. Only 10 sites are selected from across the State each year. The announcement was made in Atlanta in October 2011.

This award affords us more recognition and visibility across the State in securing financial, professional, and renovation assistance. The program identifies and preserves historic sites threatened by demolition, neglect, lack of maintenance, inappropriate development or insensitive public policy.

We still have "a long distance to run" to reach our goals. We hope that we can count on your continued support. As plans mature, we will keep you apprised of how you might help.

The Fairview-E.S. Brown School
Remembered and Recognized

The 90th Anniversary Celebration of the Fairview School

A historic event came to fruition on the weekend of November 6-8, 2013 when the Fairview-E.S.Brown School in Cave Spring celebrated its 90th birthday. The school, one of four buildings that stood on a Rosenwald campus is located in Floyd County. Hundreds of people including Georgia’s Attorney General, Sam Olens, lengendary Atlanta news anchor, Monica Kaufman Pearson, alumni, friends, university scholars, noted authors and family members of Booker T. Washington and Julius Rosenwald came from far and wide to pay tribute to the school that gave this small community a sense of pride and purpose. Now, the restoration of this modest school will begin.

This reimagined building will house a museum and a place where today’s school children can see how students in the 1920-1950’s learned far more than their ABC’s. The campus will feature farm to table gardens that will give children the experience of planting vegetables and other staples that were essential in rural communities. During the weekend former students talked about the life lessons they learned and how Fairview prepared them for a future that was to change beyond anyone’s imagination.

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