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A vibrant and meaningful community resource, providing cultural, educational, and recreational opportunities for neighborhoods around it, the citizens of Charlottesville and visitors to our region.

Jefferson School City Center opened in January 2013 as Charlottesville’s premier intergenerational community center. This restored city landmark, the heart of the city’s African American community for generations, is anchored by a new Jefferson School African American Heritage Center and an expanded Carver Recreation Center.

Nine other nonprofit service partners offer exciting educational, health and recreation programs as well as a child-care and senior center at Jefferson.

Jefferson School has always been conveniently located in downtown Charlottesville but is easier than ever to access with improved bus service and ample parking available in a two level garage.

The Jefferson School Foundation is grateful for the support of local government and countless citizens who now celebrate the rebirth of Jefferson School as the “Soul of the Downtown”.

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