Charles Hodge Sr., Lott-Canada alumni (1940-1951); David Brown, Ferrell/Brown & Associates; Chad Gunner, Lowe’s; and Leah Brown, National Trust for Historic Places, are guest speakers. Current students, whose lives are being changed every day by the work that goes on at Coastal Bend College Lott-Canada Facility, will attend.
In February 2009, the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation awarded a $25,000 grant to restore the Lott-Canada School as part of a $2 million donation to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Lowe’s contribution will help restore 33 Rosenwald school buildings in 11 states.
CBC’s Lott-Canada Facility is one of more than 450 Rosenwald schools in Texas and one of only 40 known to still be standing. It is one of a few still used as a center for education and community. The building is located in an underserved section of Beeville. It houses Customized and Continuing Education, Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a Second Language classes.
Construction on the Lott-Canada School began in 1931. Financial assistance from the Julius Rosenwald Fund of Chicago helped complete a brick schoolhouse with four classrooms and an auditorium. The school was named to honor Mose Lott and Allen Canada, carpenters who built the previous school. The Lott-Canada School closed in 1964 as a result of desegregation, but the building continued to be a part of Beeville Independent School District. It was leased to Coastal Bend College in 2008.
The Lott-Canada Alumni Association created an exhibit in the school that details the building’s history and contains artifacts from the old school days donated by former students. A state historical marker in front tells of the building’s significance to Texas history.