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The Sandersville School was created in 1939 by the Works Progress Administration, a New Deal program. The building was designed by an architect named William J. Chase, who also designed many other prominent buildings throughout Georgia.

Now known as T. J. Elder Community Center,  the center is located on the original site of the T. J. Elder High and Industrial School founded in 1890 for the education of the African American Children of Washington County. The remaining structure was built in 1927 under the Rosenwald School Plan. The Rosenwald Fund was established in 1917 by Julius Rosenwald, President, and Chairman of the Board of Sears, Roebuck, and Company. The center houses many African American artifacts, archives, and memorabilia that can be seen while touring the museum. Cultural, academic and special activities are held here for the community. An auditorium with a stage provides space for concerts and other large group activities.  

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