Albemarle Training School

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For many years, the Albemarle Training School served as the only secondary school for African-Americans in Albemarle County. The school formed after the Union Ridge Graded School, a primary school, burned down in 1893. The school's curriculum was fashioned after Booker T. Washington's philosophy with a combination of basic elementary education and two years of vocational training.

The school closed in 1950, the same time that both Jefferson School and Esmont High School were closed. All three schools were consolidated and students were sent to Burley High School in Charlottesville. Albemarle Training School was converted to an elementary school for the next nine years.

The school building was demolished.


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  1. Web. Albemarle Training School, African American Heritage Sites Database, Virginia Humanities, retrieved April 9, 2018.