Join us for a book talk with Lucille Stout Smith, author of Unforgettable: Jackson P. Burley High School, 1951–1967. This in-person event will be cosponsored by Virginia Humanities and will be free and open to the public. We recommend arriving early for the best seating.
About the Book: During the era of segregation, two localities, the City of Charlottesville and the County of Albemarle, sought to achieve equal educational facilities for African American students. Absent any pending legal challenges, which were common throughout the state of Virginia during the 1940s, an agreement between the City of Charlottesville and neighboring Albemarle County was reached in 1946 to build, own, and jointly operate Jackson P. Burley High School, which opened in September 1951. This book highlights how the three area African American high schools—Jefferson High School, Albemarle Training School, and Esmont High School—united to become Burley High School.
About the Author: Lucille Stout Smith is a native of North Little Rock, Arkansas. After a thirty-four-year career in information technology, she retired from the U.S. Army National Ground Intelligence Center. She spends much of her time volunteering with boards, committees, and groups, and working at her church. Many years ago, she began researching family histories, and the great joy that followed motivated her to continue writing. She believes history is educational and inspirational, and reveals much about a time gone by. Her husband, Rauzelle, is a 1966 graduate of Burley High School. They are the parents of two children: Crystal, an attorney who lives in Denver, and Brandon, a marketing and advertising manager who lives in San Francisco.
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