• Visiting the Center

    There are many reasons to come to the Heritage Center. Visit our exhibitions, attend our public programs or rent the space for an event.

  • Directions to the Center

    The Center is one block north of Main Street and within walking distance of the University and the Downtown Mall.

Visiting the Center

Exhibitions at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center link the past to the present. Our permanent exhibition Pride Overcomes Prejudice presents the history of the African American communities of Charlottesville/Albemarle VA, through the lives of those students and teachers who built and fostered the Jefferson School from the19th through the 20th century. Our contemporary gallery features mult-idisciplinary work by African American artists, or artist who represent African American culture.

Owing to limited space in exhibition galleries, visitors must now obtain a general admission ticket to visit. Groups are limited to no more than eight people. Groups must obtain a timed group ticket. For your safety, if galleries are full at the time that you arrive, you may be asked to wait. For guided tour information please contact us @education@jeffschoolheritagecenter.org.

In the Contemporary Gallery: Nic(o) Brierre Aziz: Haiti Across the Water

1, June – 31, August 2024

Haiti travels. It is a miracle that it does given all the attempts made to contain its people and its history. But Haiti journeys inexorably across the water, now as always, at home in Nic[o] Brierre Aziz’s home of New Orleans, and finding its voice through his artwork, where Haiti appears as symbol, as matrix, as inextinguishable echo, and as promise. Through his work we can see and sense its presence and the connections it weaves, and the possibilities burgeoning today from “New Wars. New Stories. New Heroes.”

Aziz is an interdisciplinary artist and curator whose practice engages themes of history, pop culture and satire while centering narratives of the Caribbean and Southern United States. Aziz has contributed to publications such as HuffPost and Hyperallergic and his work has been featured by The Oxford American, The Associated Press and others. He is also the recipient of several artist residencies and fellowships including a 2020 Andy Warhol Foundation Curatorial Fellow, a 2021 Joan Mitchell Center Artist-in-Residence and most recently a 2023 Art Matters Foundation Fellow. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Morehouse College, a Master of Science degree from The University of Manchester (UK) and is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in Sculpture from the Yale University School of Art.

Exhibition made possible through the generous support of a private collection and the JSAAHC Annual Fund.

Admission Prices
Admission prices are subject to change. Become a member and get free admission for two non-resident guests.
Adult resident (proof of residence required) Free
Adult non resident $10.00
Students (12 and up)/Seniors 65+ $8.00
Members $8.00
Children (12 and under) Free
Military families Free

The Center will be closed Independence Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Please see our FaceBook page for immediate closing updates.

Our Hours

Heritage Center Office Hours

Sunday & MondayClosed
Tuesday – Friday10:00 AM — 6:00 PM
Saturday closed


Tuesday – Friday1:00 PM — 6:00 PM
Saturday10:00 AM — 1:00 PM

Center For Local Knowledge

By appointment Tuesday – Saturday

Every third Saturday 10:00 AM –12:00 PM

Getting Here

The Center is located on the 2nd floor of the Jefferson School City Center. Its main entrance is on the south east side of the building.

Limited hourly parking is available on Commerce Street. There is also limited parking in the City Center’s 4th St parking lot. Large groups should coordinate with the Center to ensure parking availability for scheduled events. To get directions to the Center please click the directions icon located on the left hand side of the map. This will direct you to Google Maps where you can enter your starting point. Please contact us if you have any questions.


Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT) provides a free transportation via the Charlottesville trolley.
CAT Route 7 stops on W. Main Street. The Heritage Center is one block north from West Main Street.
CAT Route 8 stops on Preston Avenue, Heritage Center is one block south of Preston Avenue.
JSAAHC is also in walking distance from the Downtown Mall and the University of Virginia.

Field Trips

All students visiting the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center receive a guided tour of the historic building and its exhibitions. Our education department will work with you to create a field trip experience that complements your classroom curriculum.

To plan a field trip to the Jefferson School, submit a request using the link below.

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