The Josephine School in Berryville was the only historical site in Virginia to receive an African-American civil rights grant from the National Park Service.
The school was built in 1882 and over the years, the building has served as an elementary school, training school and a high school for African-American residents. The grant was awarded to 51 preservation projects in 24 states and the Josephine School is using the grant to put a new roof on the building.
“I made the argument about how that neighborhood is so significant, has been so significant in African-American history in the county and in this region for so long. Of course, all these things led to the civil rights movement,” said architectural historian Maral Kalbian.
The improvements should be completed by the end of November.