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Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Held for Restored Jefferson School

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Nonprofit tenants are moving into the restored historic Jefferson School in Charlottesville. Partners involved in the five-yearlong project cut the ribbon to the school Tuesday morning.

Inside the school, guests got a sneak peek tour of the former all-black school.

The $18 million renovation will house the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, a downtown campus of Piedmont Virginia Community College, Jefferson Area Board for Aging's Mary Williams Center, and a YMCA daycare.

Jefferson School Foundation Chairman Martin Burks said, "All under one roof. The gathering of the nonprofits here is just tremendous. It means so much to the downtown Starr Hill area."

"The community organizations that are here really cross-cut generations, so it's very exciting. I don't think there's anything quite like it in the country," said Jefferson School Community Partners Chairman Steven Blaine.

A grand opening of the Jefferson School City Center with public tours is scheduled for Saturday, January 19 starting at 10 a.m.

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