The JSAAHC offers an interdisciplinary approach to better understanding American history. Visitors can learn about the local and national African American experience through exhibition tours, films, lectures, and other public programs.
Through our Internships and Trailblazers programs, high school and undergraduate students receive a deeper understanding of local history and are prepared to engage in community problem solving.
1. High Hopes Fixed Purpose: The Founding of the Jefferson SchoolThe Founding of the Jefferson School Following the Civil War, Charlottesville’s freedmen wasted no time acquiring that which had been denied to them for decades; an education. Learn about the Jefferson School’s brave founders, ambitious students, and the challenges posed by their Reconstruction Era world.
2. Progress and Pushback: Community Development in Charlottesville
Community Development in Charlottesville Segregation and black political disenfranchisement were hallmarks of the so-called Progressive Era, but so were entrepreneurship and community building. Understand how Charlottesville’s black residents established neighborhoods, grew businesses, and advanced their education, all in the face of Jim Crow.
3. All Deliberate Speed: Integration and Massive Resistance
Integration and Massive Resistance The Supreme Court’s 1954 Brown v. Board decision declared school segregation unconstitutional, setting off a statewide campaign of “Massive Resistance” that rocked Charlottesville. In this activity, students will understand the local impact of this battle as well as the living legacy of the Civil Rights Movement in Charlottesville.
4. Lasting Impressions: African American Art
African American Art Using the current exhibition in the Contemporary gallery, students receive an introduction to African American art history and their relationship to historic and contemporary events.
The Jefferson School offers tours of its exhibitions for groups up to 25 patrons. There is a $10 fee for each adult in the group.
To arrange a tour contact our Curator of Education at education@https://jeffschoolheritagecenter.org.
Individuals should reserve a time to visit the center.
Once submitted, expect to hear from us via email. If you do not hear back from us please reach out to our education director at education@https://jeffschoolheritagecenter.org/
Trailblazers is a dynamic program that prepares young African Americans to give tours of our permanent and temporary exhibitions. As a Trailblazer, students learn the history of Charlottesville’s African American community; become well versed in national African American history, Emancipation through the present; and have a working knowledge of 20th-21st century African American art history. Through discussion, project based research, and field trips, they acquire the skills to become community educators.
Students involved in the program are paid hourly during training. Upon completion they will also be paid hourly for guide services.
New program begins July 5 and ends August 11, 9-1 pm. Fill out our application to apply. Application closes June 2, 2023.
Adult guides provide tours of permanent and contemporary exhibitions to both 4-12 grade students and adults. Guides receive extensive initial training and then meet monthly for more in depth training. Trainings include meetings with experts in African American history and field trips to historic sites.
New class begins September 16, 2023 and continues each Saturday through October 28. Classes are from 10 am -1 pm.
To apply to be a Community Guide, fill out our application.