Oct 15, 2023
C.S. Brown School and Auditorium's story
C.S. Brown Auditorium needs restoration work and a new video production has come to its aid. We hope this effort will help raise the resources needed for the restoration. Please donate.
Titled, "The C.S. Brown Auditorium Story" is a documentary video about C.S. Brown Auditorium in Winton, NC, one of the largest Rosenwald Schools. It can be viewed online and was funded by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Chowan Discovery Group.
The Auditorium, built in 1926 and partially funded by the Rosenwald Foundation, has served the Winton area community as the center of the C.S. Brown School campus and, since 1986, as the C.S. Brown Regional Cultural Arts Center and Museum. At 10,000 square feet, it has an auditorium, three classrooms that display school and local history, another classroom that is a kitchen. Another room hosts the only collection of African art in eastern North Carolina.
The auditorium is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a North Carolina African American Heritage site and is part of the Winton Historical District. The video tells the story of the school, the auditorium, its role today and the need for its preservation. The production is now available online to the public, and made in conjunction with Chowan Discovery’s replacement of two of the auditorium’s four Tuscan columns.
Chowan Discovery thanks its supporters, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the C.S. Brown Regional Cultural Arts Center and Museum.