What is the Laurel Grove School Museum?
The Laurel Grove School Museum is a museum that shares the history of the Laurel Grove Colored School, a school created to educate the first generation of black children born to freedom. The Laurel Grove School was founded in 1881 by William and Georgiana Jasper, who deeded a half acre of their 13-acre land to the Mount Vernon School District in VA.
Although the Laurel Grove School closed in 1932 due to low attendance, The Laurel Grove School Association was incorporated in 1999 to reclaim the school's proud history, and once again open the school's doors as a living museum and teaching center for area schools and the general public. Come learn about how William Jasper's grandparents and father were enslaved on George Washington's Mount Vernon, come visit the Laurel Grove Cemetery located beside the museum, come watch a video that includes interviews with some of the Laurel Grove School students, and much more.
Want to come visit this hidden gem?
The Laurel Grove School Museum is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. For upcoming events and snippets of Laurel Grove School history, visit the museum's Facebook and Instagram pages @laurelgroveschoolmuseum.
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Last Updated: 04/22/2019
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