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June 7, 2022 

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Public Discussion
Saturday, June 18 | 9:30 am | Monticello's West Lawn

Join Monticello for a special Juneteenth event at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello: "Ascendant: The Power of Descendant Communities to Shape Our Stories, Places, and Future."

Part of a two-day event to honor Monticello's Getting Word community and the rededication of the Burial Ground for Enslaved People, this public program will highlight the importance of descendant voices in the telling of American history—voices that have often been marginalized or left out completely.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Unable to attend in person? Watch on our Facebook pagewebsite, or YouTube channel

Washington Park

Washington Park has been important in the lives of Charlottesville’s African-American community for almost a century. Located off Preston Avenue, the Park sits on land originally part of Rose Hill plantation and later became part of the city’s dumping grounds. In 1926 Paul Goodloe McIntire bought 9 acres of this land to establish what was then termed a “Colored Park.” In just a few years, the Black community transformed the land into a vibrant neighborhood recreation center. It remained the only city park for African-Americans for the next 40 years. Since 1989 the African-American Cultural Arts Festival has been held there during the last weekend in July, sponsored by Chihamba.

To learn more, click HERE and HERE.


Swords Into Plowshares Community Survey

In December, the Charlottesville City Council voted to give the city’s recently-removed statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee to the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center (JSAAHC). [Read the news release.] The JSAAHC plans to melt down the monument to transform its bronze material into a work of public art. The public art project, called “Swords Into Plowshares,” will be informed by a community engagement process. Charlottesville area residents are invited to take this anonymous SURVEY.

If you belong to a group that would be interested in discussing this project further, send a message to with your group’s name and contact information.

Charlottesville Civil Rights Tour
June 16-26, 2022
The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center and The Memory Project at UVA Democracy Initiative are partnering up to offer another Charlottesville Civil Rights Tour. The tour is open to Charlottesville community members passionate about racial justice who want to learn more about the U.S. civil rights struggle. The cost is $2,750 per person, not including flights. For more information about the tour, click HERE. Click HERE to register, sponsor a participant, and/or apply for a scholarship. 

The Ridley
Black-Owned Experiential Southern Cuisine & Crafted Cocktails
The Ridley offers upscale-casual dining featuring southern-inspired favorites, excellent steaks, fresh seafood, and so much more. The Ridley is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and also features a fabulous weekend brunch.

The restaurant’s name pays homage to Dr. Walter N. Ridley, the first African-American student to graduate from The University of Virginia, and to receive an academic doctoral degree from a traditional Southern white college or university (doctorate of education from UVA in 1953.)
Located within The Draftsman boutique hotel, 1106 W Main St, Charlottesville, The Ridley combines convenience and accessibility. 

Call (434) 984-8010 or reserve online at:

Find more information HERE
Sundays on the Yard
Sundays| 1:00-4:00 pm | Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

During Spring and Summer, JSAAHC takes over the Yard for a community get-together on Sunday afternoons. The celebration includes a cookout with food from Pearl Island Catering, music from Hurt City DJs, dancing, and fellowship. Register HERE to join the celebration!

Juneteenth Celebration
Friday, June 17 - Sunday, June 19 | Various Times | JSAAHC 
JSAAHC and the Juneteenth Planning Committee have planned a celebration like no other for the weekend of Juneteenth.

On Friday at 6 pm, local ancestors will be honored in the JSAAHC Auditorium. On Saturday at 10 am, there will be a parade, followed by music and food on the JSAAHC Yard from 11:30 until the sun goes down.

Make your plans to celebrate at JSAAHC!

Sun Fest: A Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom
Saturday, June 18 | 2:00 -7:00 pm |Booker T. Washington Park

Sun Fest is a one-day event featuring local and regional entertainers, local vendors, food trucks, and a skate park. Brought to you by the joint efforts of the Vibe Fest team, De La Roll mobile skate events, DESSO Foundation, and K1 Events.

The goal of Sun Fest is to highlight the day of freedom for African Americans and to design a celebration that generates positive memories. In the past, most Juneteenth celebrations highlight the end of slavery, and Sun Fest will highlight the excellence and beauty of Blackness. This event is free and open to all ages! Learn more HERE.

CPG Presents: Topdog/Underdog by Suzan Lori Parks
Sunday, June 19, 2022| 7:00 pm | Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

Charlottesville Players Guild will present a staged reading of Topdog / Underdog by Suzan Lori Parks. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. show begins at 7:00 p.m. Following the reading, there will be a post-show discussion with the director, Matthew Reynolds, the cast, community leaders, and artists, including Sarad Davenport, Zy Bryant, Chris Evans, and Rev. Brenda Brown Grooms.

The play chronicles the adult lives of two African-American brothers as they cope with poverty, racism, work, women, and their troubled upbringings.  The play premiered in 2001 off-Broadway in New York City, before opening on Broadway, at the Ambassador Theatre. In 2002, Parks received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Outer Critics Circle Award for the play; it also received other awards for the director and cast.

If you purchase a virtual ticket, links to view the show will be in your receipt. In-person patrons must show proof of vaccination at the door. All tickets will be held at will call.

Register HERE.

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