Princess Anne County Training School was the first and only school for African American children in Princess Anne County, Virginia, which is now known as the city of Virginia Beach. Under the Princess Anne County Training Association, the County's African American parents, communities, teachers, churches and community organizations raised money to purchase property to build a high school to provide better education advantages for African American children in the county.
In 1934, a temporary school site was established until a four-room building was completed in 1938 at the intersection of Cleveland Street and Witchduck Road. In 1949 construction started for additional space and was completed in 1953. In 1962, the facility was renamed Union Kempsville High School and in 1969, the high school closed after city-wide integration of schools started in Virginia Beach. The last class graduated in 1969.
The original building was razed in 2007 to make room for the new Renaissance Academy. The museum is located within the building off the main lobby. Visitors can tour the 1800-square foot facility. Incorporated into it's design are the UKHS' cornerstone and wood from its gymnasium. Exhibition cases are filled with collections of photographs, instruments and uniforms. Interactive panels feature oral histories of alumni and electronic copies of yearbooks.
Last Updated: 2/13/2013 12:04 PM