SEEDLINGS in honor of the Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School Past and Present

A seed was planted here

in the minds, hearts and hands

of your ancestors.

That seed became nourishment

for the people of this region,

and for almost a century it has been

the Long Ridge Community of cherished memory.

The Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School,

was planted securely into the rich soil

of Madison County, Western North Carolina.

Among the anemone and laurel of these mountains,

it flourished in the soil of determination,

imagination and grit!

Long ago, that one seed became the root

of an illustrious and important idea!

Then the root became a shoot

that flourished, and extended

its branches far beyond itself.

For over six generations,

it has endured because of you.

Germination takes time, takes care,

and takes intention.

Look around you to see those

who have tended the soil so well,

those who will pass it on

as a gift for generations to come.

Yes, germination for generations!

That is why we are here today.


Jean Cassidy    Asheville, North Carolina   March 20, 2022


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