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Newsplex. Monday, July 20, 2015.

Charlottesville Residents Celebrate Nelson Mandela Day

On what would have been Nelson Mandela’s 97th birthday, a global celebration is occurring. At the Jefferson School African-American Heritage Center, residents in Charlottesville celebrated International Nelson Mandela Day with a read-a-thon. Read article >

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Newsplex. Friday, April 10, 2015

Jefferson School Turns 150

The Jefferson School is turning 150 and the African American Heritage Center is celebrating it. A party will be held Saturday on the center’s front lawn. Read article >

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NBC 29. Saturday, January 17, 2015

Jefferson School African-American Heritage Center Hosts Drawathon

Artists in Charlottesville are using their talents to try to erase black and white stereotypes. The Jefferson School African-American Heritage Center hosted its second drawathon Saturday. Read article >

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NBC 29. Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center Receives $7K Grant

A center in Charlottesville dedicated to preserving African-American culture has received a big award. The Charlottesville Area Community Foundation is awarding $7,000 to the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. Read article >

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Daily Progress. Saturday, December 27, 2014

Kwanzaa film, principles topic of African American Heritage Center event

For most people, the week between Christmas and New Year’s offers a lull in the holiday season, a break from the joys and obligations of celebrating with family. But a few leaders in the African-American community are asking families to use it as a period of reflection by celebrating Kwanzaa. The Jefferson School African-American Heritage Center hosted a brief introduction to the holiday on Saturday afternoon. Read article >

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NBC 29. Saturday, November 8, 2014

Jefferson School Heritage Center Hosts First Annual Greens Cook Off

People in Charlottesville got a chance to try some southern comfort food Saturday. The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center held its first annual Greens Cook Off. Read article >

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NBC 29. Friday, July 18, 2014

African American Heritage Center Honors Mandela with Read-a-thon

The African American Heritage Center in Charlottesville is honoring Nelson Mandela’s memory on his birthday Friday. The center is hosting a 10-hour read-a-thon, where people are invited to read stories that represent a fight for rights. The read-a-thon is being broadcast live on a Ustream page all day. Read article >

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The Daily Progress. Thursday, January 17, 2013

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center gets $150,000 grant

The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center received a $150,000 grant from the Dominion Foundation and Dominion Virginia Power to help renovate the school’s 2,600-square-foot auditorium. The renovation is intended to modernize the facility while preserving the building’s 1926 character, according to a news release. Read article >

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The Daily Progress. Thursday, January 10, 2013. By K. Burnell Evans

African-American Heritage Center looks toward partnership with Charlottesville schools

Although the doors to the African-American Heritage Center at the freshly-overhauled Jefferson School building are not yet open, Executive Director Andrea Douglas has begun asking how Charlottesville public school teachers can  incorporate the center and the city’s black history into social studies, English, and math lessons. Read article >

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NBC29.com. Aug 31, 2012

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center Sponsors Second Line Parade

The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center is getting ready for the first of its annual cultural events. Saturday, a piece of New Orleans tradition – a second line parade – will make its way through the streets of Charlottesville. Read article >

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NBC29.com. Feb 23, 2012

Heritage Center Offers Peek Inside Jefferson School’s Past

Thursday, a Charlottesville historic landmark opened its doors to a peek inside the past and a look at the future. The Jefferson School African-American Heritage Center will soon be a place the community can come to experience an important piece of the city’s past, through its permanent exhibition—Pride Overcomes Prejudice. The building has a long history, stretching back to its days as the first high school in the city for African-Americans.
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The Hook. Thursday Aug 12, 2010. By Lisa Provence

Jefferson School giveaway: Can Charlottesville get it right this time?

In the center of Charlottesville’s most shameful acts from the 20th century sits the Jefferson School. Symbol of segregation? Check. Survivor of Vinegar Hill urban renewal that cleared out an African-American community in the 1960s? Yep. Reminder that Charlottesville closed its schools rather than admit black children during massive resistance in 1958? Right. Vintage school building falling silently into decrepitude while sitting on four acres of primo real estate, ripe for development? Yes. But that’s where the city and a dozen volunteers say the story veers from historical precedent, that the sale of the property will not be an Omni 2, in which the city pumped over $11 million to private interests. Read article >