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007-0755 Augusta County Training School

Augusta County Training School
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VLR Listing Date 12/11/1984

NRHP Listing Date 06/19/1986

NRHP Reference Number 86001400

Despite efforts to provide free public schooling for all Virginia children, racial segregation usually resulted in African American students receiving second-rate facilities. Augusta County was no exception. White students were accommodated in up-to-date, brick-built consolidated schools in the 1910s and 1920s, but a consolidated school for blacks, of hardly comparable quality, was not built until 1938. Originally called Cedar Green School, the Augusta County Training School, a frame building of only three rooms, was the county’s first black consolidated school. Even then African Americans contributed much of the land and labor. The school’s focus was on vocational rather than academic education, but offering mainly carpentry and manual arts. Integration caused the school to close in 1964. The main building was converted into an American Legion hall, and the shop building remained relatively unaltered. Listed under the Public Schools in Augusta County, 1870-1940, Multiple Property Documentation.

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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated: August 16, 2021