Blog of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

Author: Jenna Solomon

Jenna Solomon is one of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office's National Register staff in the Preservation Services Division. She splits her time between reviewing historic properties for their eligibility or for their listing in the National Register of Historic Places and reviewing HUD funded projects for the Environmental Review Division. She is a native of Philadelphia and holds a Bachelor of Architectural History from the University of Virginia and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania.

Julius Rosenwald and the African American YMCAs of Pennsylvania

American philanthropist Julius Rosenwald is best known for his work in the rural South in the early 20th century building schools for African American children.  Before his 1917 fund changed the face of education and race in the country, he helped African American communities from coast-to-coast build YMCAs. Of the two dozen facilities Rosenwald funded in fourteen states, three were in Pennsylvania.

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