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Historic Jefferson School Recognitions

In 2000, Preservation Piedmont responded to requests by the Jefferson School alumni to help in the preservation of Jefferson School, which had been the first high school for the African American citizens of Charlottesville, Virginia when public schools were segregated by race. Preservation Piedmont Board members conducted documentary research on the history of Jefferson School and recorded the building in photographs and drawings to provide the initial documentation necessary for the City of Charlottesville to begin the process of nominating the property to the Virginia Landmarks and National Registers. Subsequently, the City hired a professional consultant to prepare a National Register nomination that resulted in the 2006 listing of the historic school. In addition, Preservation Piedmont members were active in the City’s Jefferson School Task Force process (2004) that considered various re-use scenarios for Jefferson, and sought to secure a Virginia Historical Highway Marker for Jefferson School (2003). Preservation Piedmont along with the Jefferson School Alumni and the City of Charlottesville provided the funding for the installation of the marker at the intersection of 4th and Commerce Streets.