Architecture Faculty And Students To Visit Greensville County African-American
Educational Landmark To Study Design And Preservation Strategies
September 13, 2004 --
On Wednesday, Sept. 15, 10 fourth-year
students from the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture
will travel to Emporia, Va., to visit the Greensville County Training
School, the site
of their semester-long architectural design project. Led by U.Va.
School of Architecture Professor Craig Barton, the students will
meet with representatives from Citizens United to Preserve the
Greensville County Training School, an alumni group formed to save
this important landmark, which at one time served as the area’s
high school for African American’s and a hub for Emporia’s
in Greensville, U.Va. architecture students will have an opportunity
to tour the site, study the building
and meet with members of the citizen preservation
group to learn firsthand of their experiences as students at the school. The
Greensville County 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. After their visit to the area, the students will work
collaboratively with Barton and the Citizens United group, to examine the histories
of the region, the city of Emporia and the Halifax Street neighborhood where
the school is located. Drawing upon information gathered, students will develop
preliminary research-and-design concepts to preserve and revitalize the school
and its site so that the history of the area and its African-American community
can be more effectively described. Barton and the U.Va. students will present
their initial findings in Emporia in October.
United to Preserve the Greensville County Training School has
since 1999 to raise funds to preserve the school, owned by
Board of Education. The board has given the preservation group until Oct.
1 to present a plan to preserve the abandoned building. The group
earlier this year to enlist his support in the project.
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 in Emporia is supported
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.
Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298