Agape Community Center
Putting hope and a sense of purpose in people's lives.
During the late 19th and early 20th century, most public, rural black schools were unsafe, dilapidated structures with few amenities other than makeshift desks and benches. One of Booker T. Washington's goals was to provide a safe environment and a high-quality education for rural, southern, African-American children. To accomplish this goal, he enlisted the financial assistance of Julius Rosenwald, then president of Sears & Roebuck.

Della I. Hayden, a fellow educator and friend of Washington who attended elementary school in Franklin, VA, also sought to eliminate the sub-standard education provided for African-American children. In 1904 she formed the Franklin Normal and Industrial Institute. The Hayden Grammar School, located in Franklin, VA, was named after her posthumously in 1957. We have been entrusted with the opportunity to rehabilitate these sites to carry on the amazing legacy of our forefathers.

Our rehabilitation initiatives will alllow us to create a state-of-the-art conference/convention center. In addition, this rehabilitation will allow us to create an informational and referral center, a lending library/resource center, more health, education and wellness programs to meet the growing demands, and additional meeting rooms and office space to accommodate the community's needs. Through our efforts the facilities will once again become an integral part of the community, be the beacon of hope they were intended to be and function as a gathering, learning, and teaching place for the community as we address spiritual, economical, educational, health and social needs.
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Hayden Grammar School
Franklin, VA
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