Jefferson School

Alleghany (County)

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Jefferson School, completed in 1926 and expanded in 1952, provided primary and secondary education for African American students in the Alleghany County community of Clifton Forge from 1926 until 1965, when desegregation took effect. As the fourth school constructed to serve African American students, it was central to Clifton Forge’s black community for nearly 40 years. An alumni association was actively keeping the Jefferson School’s legacy alive at the time of its listing.  The property contributes to the Clifton Forge Residential Historic District.

Last Updated: March 24, 2023

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

Photo credit: Beth Scripps, 2010

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