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Pleasant View School

Historic Pleasant View School...
History of Pleasant View School House

Pleasant View School is an early twentieth century African-American schoolhouse located at 18430 River Road in Chesterfield County.  It succeeds an earlier school house circa 1900.  In 1924, the Chesterfield County School Board purchased two acres of land that included a house previously used as a public school site upon which to construct a new school for African Americans.

Pleasant View School was built with the financial support of the African  American community and opened in 1930 and closed in 1947. The Pleasant View Community Association maintained the building and used it as a community center from 1947 until 1998. In response to community concerns about the sale, the County Board of Supervisors re-purchased the property shortly after. Now owned and maintained by the County‚Äôs Department of Parks and Recreation, the school features desks, blackboards, church pews, a piano, and other items from the past.

Open House at Historic Pleasant View African-american school  October 14 ~ Noon-4 p.m. ~ 18431 River Road  See the flyer for details

Chesterfield Schools Sites

Chesterfield County has many modern schools that reflect the needs of today's students and families.  In the past, for many reasons some schools  did not warrant the attention of the county government as much as it reflects today and students suffered.  But they persevered. Schools like Carver High School and Pleasant View certainly did not garner the needs of   their students in years past. We can thank their teachers for doing what  they could with limited resources.  

Now we need to preserve the histories of the historical schools and tell their stories. The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia  has an African American History Committee that is dedicated to the preservation of   the county history and could use your  donations of school artifacts, photographs, documents and other historical items. You are alo invited to  join the committee to help in this task. New members are always needed and can provide much needed talent.
Aftrican-American History Committee
African Amercan History Committee

Chairperson:  Charlotte Wood

Responsible for promoting the research and appreciation of all aspects of African American history in Chesterfield County. To collect, preserve, interpret and promote the rich history of African Americans for the education and enlightenment of present and future generations.  The only group in Chesterfield County devoted to researching African-American history. Your generous tax deductible donation will help fund the ongoing work of this committee and will be greatly appreciated.  Pleae join our committee.
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