Scott, Rosa Allie Lee

Rosa Scott was born in 1874. She was one of very few African Americans who obtained higher education, attending Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. Rosa Scott taught in several county schools, then became the principal of Madison Grade School. In 1917, she raised the funds to match a Rosenwald grant for the construction of a new school in 1920 called the Madison-Rosenwald School.

Rosa Scott began to vote in the 1920s, and she encouraged other black citizens to vote. She also served as an intermediary in business matters between the white and black community. Mrs. Scott died in 1938 at the age of 64. She is buried on the grounds of Rosa Scott School, which was named in her honor.


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