Located in the Jefferson School City Center, the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center’s mission is to honor and preserve the rich heritage and legacy of the African-American community of Charlottesville-Albemarle,Virginia and to promote a greater appreciation for, and understanding of, the contributions of African Americans and peoples of the Diaspora locally, nationally and globally.
Opened in 2015, phase I encompasses the period just before Emancipation and continues through to 1920’s.
It describes the unrelenting pursuit of education by members of Charlottesville’s African American community. Exercising political influence and communal engagement, they developed their school and the community that surrounded it.
The Jefferson School was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.