Lucasville - 1885 African American School Continues To Teach

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Reconstructed Lucasville School



Lucasville School

10516 Godwin Drive

Manassas 20110







Original Lucasville School


The 1885 Lucasville school was closed in 1926, moved to a farm and used as a storage shed. This is how it appeared in 2007 before restoration was attempted and it was moved to its' present Godwin Road location. Less than 5% of the material could be reused - neglect and termite damage was too severe. Photo courtesy of the Prince William County Historic Preservation Division.


  • The Virginia General Assembly approved a statewide system of free public education for all citizens in 1870
  • In 1883 the African American members of the Lucasville community petitioned the Manassas School Board to have an elementary school built
  • Measuring 18 X 20 feet the one room schoolhouse was completed in 1885 as one of 12 "colored" schools in Prince William County
  • The interior panorama shows that the school is decorated as it would have been in the 1910-1912 period
At the end of the Civil War the freed slaves had a strong desire to become literate and educated, recognizing education as the path to an improved political and independent future for them and their families. The front walls of the reconstructed school are covered with plaques detailing the history of the Lucasville school and African American culture in Prince William County. These artifacts and the reconstructed school assure its' continued role as a positive contributor to the rich history of Prince William County.

Lucasville School Interior Panorama

Lucasville School is under the care of the Prince William Historic Preservation Division of the Department of Public Works, Prince William County. For information about the school or access call 703-792-5546. Other properties under the care of the division include Brentsville Courthouse Historic District and Rippon Lodge

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Rob Thomas
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Karen,

THanks for posting... it's a great reminder of how far we have come in education...and how far we have yet to go

Have a great day

Rob

Jun 18, 2012 03:45 AM #1
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Karen, these old building really fascinate me.  Sometimes when I'm out in the country and pass by a building like this or any old abandoned building I'll get out and walk around it a bit.  Maybe that's not a smart thing to do, but I've seen some pretty cool things that I wouldn't have otherwise.

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Rob  It was long overdue

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Nick  I share your interest and stop whenever I can.  There is so much they meabt in someone's life

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