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New Hanover County Schools Presents Historical, Award-Winning Documentary, Under the Kudzu
Created and Produced by Williston Middle School Teacher Claudia Stack

New Hanover County Schools is pleased to invite district faculty and staff members to a special viewing of the historical documentary “Under the Kudzu” on Friday, May 18, 2012, at 6:00 p.m., in the Williston Middle School Auditorium. The award-winning film was written and produced by Williston Middle School Teacher Claudia Stack. “Under the Kudzu” traces the story of two historic African-American schools in the Cape Fear region as it captures the committed efforts and hard work of African-American families to create schools for their children.

The 55-minute documentary includes the accomplishments and significance of the regional Rosenwald schools. During the segregation era, Rosenwald schools were an important part of a larger African-American school building movement, which had a direct and lasting impact on the local region. North Carolina's African-American communities built 813 Rosenwald schools, more than any other state. Between 1917 and 1932, communities in New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick counties helped to build 35 Rosenwald schools. Although Williston Middle School's origin predates the Rosenwald school movement, the 1932 brick building that still stands on 10th Street was a Rosenwald school building.

“Under the Kudzu” has been screened at numerous venues including the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Durham County Library, Brunswick Community College and most recently, at the Cape Fear Independent Film Festival, where it won the Director's Choice Award. Ms. Stack will present the film in June at the National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference, which will be held at Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama.  

To learn more about “Under the Kudzu” and Ms. Stack’s research about the Rosenwald School Movement, visit



Updated: 07/08/15
Posted: 05/04/12