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Tour with a Trailblazer

The Trailblazer program is a partnership between the City of Promise and the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. Students selected to become Trailblazers support the Heritage Center’s mission of community education by training to become museum guides. Trailblazers receive leadership and educational-based experience while acting as examples to their peer group and those who come after them.

The Trailblazer program cannot exist without you. To support Charlottesville’s Trailblazers, grab some friends and attend a tour this summer. All tours are free and open to the public. No RSVP required.

Tours last approximately 30 minutes and will focus on an individual exhibition within the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. See below for details:

Through Darkness to Light: Seeking Freedom on the Underground Railroad

Get a new perspective on the Underground Railroad with a tour of the contemporary exhibition Through Darkness to Light: Seeking Freedom on the Underground Railroad by the nationally renowned photographer Jeanine Michna-Bales:
June 17: 11AM, 12PM, 1PM
June 24: 11AM, 12PM, 1PM

Pride Overcomes Prejudice

Learn about the founding of the Jefferson School and its place in the larger Charlottesville community with a tour of Heritage Center’s permanent historical exhibition Pride Overcomes Prejudice:
July 15, Open House 11AM-6PM: In conjunction with the Mauptintown Film Festival, the Trailblazers will be stationed in the Pride Overcomes Prejudice exhibition to take questions while you tour at your own speed.
July 22: 11AM, 12PM, 1PM
July 29: 11AM, 12PM, 1PM

Yolonda Coles-Jones

The Heritage Center is proud to be hosting the first public exhibition by local photographer Yolonda Coles-Jones. Join the Trailblazers for a premier tour:
August 5: 11AM, 12PM, 1PM
August 19: 11AM, 12PM, 1PM

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