Lynchburg, VA- A former segregated school in Lynchburg got some unique recognition Saturday. Lynchburg Parks and Recreation held a celebration and reunion for Jacksontown Elementary School.
The school was built in 1934 during the era of school segregation and the Great Depression. The building now houses the Art Studio at the Jackson Heights Center.
It's been more than 40 years since the school closed, but the memories still linger.
"I had the best teacher in the world, Ms. Mason. I was as tall as she was when I started at five years old."
"We used to all walk together to come to school."
"Playing ball, running down the steps, running out in the front-- it's just real joyful," said previous students.
Marsha Berry of the Lynchburg Parks and Recreation Department was given the project to trace the land where Jacksontown Elementary School stands. She became intrigued with the history this community holds, and now sees her hard work paying off.
"They went to school together fifty years ago, they grew up in the same community," said Berry.
The reunion had a great turnout and time for catching up.
"Oh, it's nostalgia. Remember the good times here."
"Wonderful to just see a lot of faces that you see a lot of times around, but others you haven't seen in quite a while that have come here from far away," said previous students.
For those out of town coming back, that special place from the church on the corner of Florida Avenue all the way down to the bottom of the hill: Jacksontown, will always feel like home.
"Everybody knows who your family is and they don't make you feel like you're an out of towner, they make you feel like you're part of the family. And it's a good feeling. It's a warm feeling, and then it makes you homesick," said Tanya Pin-Dickerson who came back to visit from New Jersey.
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