A Minute With The Mayor

May 24, 2005

One of the city's historical buildings is about to get a face-lift. Charlottesville Mayor David Brown spoke of the restoration of the once-grand Jefferson School that sits right in the heart of downtown Charlottesville.

Brown said that "one of the interesting and exciting things that's on the horizon is the renovation of the Jefferson School. It's the historic African American school in Charlottesville started in 1926, and one of the first high schools in Virginia for African Americans." Unfortunately, it is currently in disrepair.

Brown said that the building hasn't been used since the pre-school moved out a couple of years ago, but a lot of Charlottesville has been asking about restoration.

"The Jefferson Alumni and The Jefferson School Task Force have worked hard to get a plan to renovate it. The city has set aside significant money for this renovation, we've got an architect and last week we made some preliminary plans which are exciting...maybe partnering with the library, maybe partnering with Piedmont; it's certainly going to have a cultural center to commemorate the African American experience in Charlottesville," he explained.

A meeting was held recently to talk about designating Jefferson School on the National Register of Historic Places. If accepted, the registration would recognize it's importance to the community and allow the city to use historic tax credits to go towards a better restoration.

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