U.Va. Architecture Professor
And Students Present Design And Preservation Strategies For Greensville
County African-American Educational Landmark
October 19, 2004 --
On Friday Oct. 22, 10 fourth-year
students from the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture
will present preliminary design strategies for revitalization and
of the Greensville
County Training School to Citizens United to Preserve the Greensville
County Training School.
Training School was built in 1929 with funds provided by the
Rosenwald School Fund, an organization that
helped to build schools
in the South for African–Americans.
This fall, it became the subject of an undergraduate architectural design studio,
led by U.Va. Architecture Professor Craig Barton, which encourages students
to examine the connections among architectural design, local
history and community
September, Barton and his students toured the site, studied the
building and met with members of the Citizens United group
to learn about their experiences
as students at the Training School firsthand. Since the initial visit, the
students have investigated a variety of ideas to preserve and revitalize
this important cultural landscape, which once served as the area’s
school for African Americans and the focus of Emporia’s
and Greenville County’s
African-American community. Members of the Citizens United group have been
working since 1999 to raise funds to preserve the school, which is owned
by the Greensville
County Board of Education. The alumni group’s preliminary development
plans for the project were approved earlier this month.
their presentations, the U.Va. students will continue to work
collaboratively with Barton and
the preservation group to develop ideas to preserve and revitalize
the school and its site, so that the project can more effectively reflect
the history of the area and its African-American community.
the editor of the anthology “Sites of Memory: Perspectives
on Race and Architecture” (2000 Princeton Architectural
Press), is an authority on the preservation and interpretation
of African-American cultural landmarks.
He has worked with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National
Park Service and the National Voting Rights Museum. His work
is supported by a
grant from the University of Virginia’s Carter G. Woodson Center
for African-American Studies and the University’s Center for the
Study of Local Knowledge.
presentation time and location, contact Frances Carter, Citizens
United to Preserve the Greensville Training
School, at (434) 348-0108.
Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298