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Richardson Avenue School
Richardson Avenue School
Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund
Historic Site Management Grant
Grant Award:
$7,125 (2000); $75,000 (2004)
Grant Recipient:
Historical and Educational Lodge Hall Preservatory

Built in 1930 as a Masonic Hall, this building was leased in 1931 to establish the town’s last “separate but equal” school for African-American children. Since the school closed in 1942, the structure has served as an unofficial community center for African-American residents in Swedesboro.

The Trust grant helped fund a preservation plan to guide preservation and restoration work. A 1999 grant from the Emergency Grant and Loan Fund helped repair the building’s roof.