Historic Preservation Spotlight: Lucasville School

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School has started again this fall in Prince William County. Did you know that schools were not always available nor free for children to attend?

In 1870, Virginia’s Legislature established a statewide system of free public schools for all citizens regardless of race. Throughout Prince William County, new schools were built, including several for the education of African American children. Many of these schools no longer stand nor are open to the public with the exception of Lucasville School. Lucasville School (1885-1926) is a reconstructed one-room schoolhouse that interprets post-Civil War African-American education in Prince William County Virginia.

On Saturday, Sept. 7, Lucasville School will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Vsitors can discover the people who used the small but significant building and their efforts to challenge racism and create an effective and lasting public education system.

Lucasville School, 10516 Godwin Drive, Manassas. 703-365-7895.

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