Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
This is a virtual tour of the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center located in the Jefferson School City Center, the site of a former all-black high school in Charlottesville. From 1926 until 1951 the building served as a segregated high school, and in 1951 it became an an all-black elementary school until mandated integration took effect. The school population diminished during the 1960s when black students could then transfer to previously all-white schools. In 1965 the school became an integrated junior high school.
This building was renovated and renamed the Jefferson School City Center in 2013, and serves as a community center in the heart of the city's historic African American neighborhood. The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center is located on the second floor of the building.