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Beloved Community Cville tour group learning about John Henry James. Photo credit: Michael Cheuk
Television Debut of Raised/Razed 
Thursday, May 12th | 9:00 pm | VPM/PBS

Maupintown Media and VPM present the premiere of Raised/Razed, a documentary film about the life and history of Vinegar Hill, written and directed by Lorenzo Dickerson and Jordy Yager. Raised/Razed takes viewers deep into one of Charlottesville’s oldest African American neighborhoods, charting the lives of residents over nearly a century as they built prosperity in the face of racially discriminatory policies at every level and a city government that saw them as the only thing between it and progress. More information, including the trailer, is available HERE.

Montpelier Transformed: A Monument to James Madison and its Enslaved Community
Thursday, May 12th | 7 pm | Virtual Event
The Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society will host author and former Montpelier Foundation Board member William Lewis to discuss his new book "Montpelier Transformed: A Monument to James Madison and its Enslaved Community.REGISTER to attend this virtual event. 

Action Steps for Reparations in the Charlottesville Community
Saturday, May 14th | 2-4 pm | Zoom 

Coming to the Table and UVA Health offers this panel discussion on Reparations, Reparative Justice, Restorative Justice, and Transitional Justice. To RSVP, EMAIL


Evelyn Barbour Lecture: Dr. William A. Darity, Jr, and Dr. A. Kirsten Mullen
Wednesday, May 18 | 6:00-7:00 pm | Virtual
The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center will host its fourth public lecture with Dr. William A. Darity, Jr, and Dr. A. Kirsten Mullen, coauthors of From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the 21st Century (2020). The talk will be streamed live on JSAAHC's YouTube and Facebook pages. A community conversation is scheduled for May 18, time TBD. Groups may indicate interest in attending HERE, and it will occur virtually.

Historic Burley High School Gets Marker
Jackson P. Burley High School on Rosehill Drive served as the area’s high school for African American students during segregation from 1951 to 1967. Students and teachers took pride in Burley’s academic classes, college preparatory program, and extensive extracurricular and athletic programs. From 1952 to 1958, the Burley Bears won four Interscholastic Association State Football Championships. During a ceremony on Saturday, April 16, 2022, a plaque was unveiled in front of the school to commemorate its inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.

Read more about Jackson P. Burley High School 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 to offer (again) a 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. 
Maupintown Media, LLC
Founded by award-winning filmmaker and photographer Lorenzo Dickerson, Maupintown Media is a film production company based in Charlottesville, Virginia. Maupintown focuses its efforts on producing original documentary films that tell stories of African American history and culture in Virginia and beyond. 

Maupintown original films have been broadcast on PBS, used as teaching tools for various schools, universities, and organizations, and shown in various film festivals, including its own Maupintown Film Festival, held annually at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.

For more information, check out their WEBSITEFACEBOOK, or EMAIL, also linked below!

Picturing Climate - Exhibition
Now - May 28 | Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

Picturing Climate provides a window into local actions to promote climate justice and aspires to broaden local resident engagement in ongoing advocacy work. The exhibit showcases photographs, artwork, and poetry from area youth alongside interactive data to shed light on the nature of climate injustice in our region. The exhibition is a collaboration between UVA’s Equity Center and the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. Click HERE for more info.

Exhibit: Memory Quilts 
Now - June 4 | Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
The exhibit includes the work of master quilter Deloris Jones Thomas. Thomas researched old patterns associated with the Underground Railroad for her creations and explored the relationship between color and form. The nine quilts in Memory Quilts move beyond mere function to describe Thomas’s sense of her lived and remembered environs. More information HERE
* Note: Masks are required when visiting JSAAHC *

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