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Jefferson School Oral History Project

In 2002, Preservation Piedmont applied for and received grants to conduct oral histories with people associated with the Jefferson School, Charlottesville's first African-American high school. The oral histories were idesigned to expand upon the historical information available about the school - to make known the human and personal element of its role in the Charlottesville community. The Oral History project culminated in the generation of 30 interviews, transcripts of which were turned over to the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society and the University of Virginia, and the 2004 publication of a booklet entitled 'Jefferson School Oral History Project,' a series of essays and historical studies as well as excerpts from the interviews conducted on behalf of the project. Funding for this project was provided by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the American Architecture Foundation's Accent on Architecture Grant Program. 

Project publication available at Albemarle-Charlottesville Historical Society.