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Pleasant Ridge School Historic District

VLR Listing Date

06/20/2024

NRHP Listing Date

NA

NRHP Reference Number

NA

The Pleasant Ridge School Historic District is located south of Pungo in the Capps Shop-Centerville community of rural Virginia Beach.  The small district consists of a one-room schoolhouse, a church built in ca. 1949 (replacing an earlier building), and a cemetery with burials dating to approximately 1904. Constructed ca. 1886 as part of a larger school for White students, Pleasant Ridge School was moved to its current location in ca. 1918 to serve Black children in grades 1-7 during the Jim Crow era in Virginia’s public education system. Pleasant Ridge School closed in 1956 as the result of the city’s efforts to consolidate and desegregate public schools. The school is a rare surviving one-room schoolhouse in the region and is likely the only extant example in the city of Virginia Beach. Due to the evolution of the site, an archaeological assessment was undertaken to document the Pleasant Ridge School’s importance to community life, history, and activism of Black communities during the Jim Crow era. The artifacts and intact archaeological layers within the Pleasant Ridge School Historic District contain the potential to inform not only our understanding of the history of the school, but African American education in the former Princess Anne County and the wider American South.

Last Updated: June 20, 2024

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

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