The Jefferson School African-American Heritage (JSAAHC), in collaboration with the City of Promise, is excited to offer a new opportunity for local high school and college students. Through the Trailblazer Program, JSAAHC will train students to become paid docents throughout the summer months. Along with giving tours, these five young people will conduct additional research on the history of the school. This information will be part of a digital/mobile project that makes clearer the history of African Americans in our community post-Civil Rights. These students will also work with the Carver Recreation Center Summer Camp program, providing education in photography techniques in conjunction with JSAAHC’s exhibition of the work of local photographer Yolonda Jones. Many of these campers live in the West Haven community and the someday they too will be Trailblazers. Tours will be offered to the public, free of charge, every Saturday starting June 17th – August 19th.
The Jefferson School African-American Heritage Center’s mission is to demonstrate the rich cultural heritage of African Americans locally, nationally and internationally. Its main goal is to educate residents and visitors alike about the Jefferson School, establish just six months after emancipation. As the City’s African American school it existed as such for 100 years. Through the story of the Jefferson School one is able to also understand American history in the 20th century. .
City of Promise’s mission is to break the cycle of generational poverty and ensure that students have the opportunity to attend college. Through this collaboration it is hoped that participants have a greater affinity for the place they live and become active participants in the City’s civic life. By helping to disseminate this information to their peers, they engender a similar sentiment. The hope for the Trailblazers program is that students will pass this history and opportunity on to their peers to continue this program for years to come.
Saturday, June 3rd there will be a Mid-town Block Party to raise funds to support the Trailblazer Program. The event will be held in the Jefferson School City Center’s park and is a FREE and family-friendly event, open to the public with live music and fun for all ages. With the purchase of a $75 ticket, guests will be able to take part in Beer and Wine Tastings with all you can eat and drink options inside of Pearl Island Café. John D’earth, jazz artist, will be providing a jam session. The Block Party is being sponsored by the Charlottesville Rotary Club. Come support this positive summer programming. For more information visit Cville Mid-Town Block Party.