Washington-Coleman Community Center
Washington-Coleman Elementary School (formerly the Booker T Washington High School)
Washington Coleman Community Center (main entrance)
one of the many dance/exercise classes offered by the community center
members of the community enjoy an afternoon in one of the recreation rooms inside the community center
Backstory and Context
Once the elementary school closed, the building was rechristened as the Washington-Coleman Community Center and is run by the town of South Boston's Recreation Department. It houses a preschool for local residents at no charge to the public, numerous exercise and wellness classes, arts and education classes, a walking track, and even has a room that can be reserved by the public for private events/parties. The WCCC also has a gymnasium, a lounge complete with billiards, a recording studio, and a room designed for karaoke.
Washington-Coleman Elementary School was designated as a Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail site in 2004, and a marker on the grounds highlights some of the more interesting facts and history of the building and its role in education before, during, and after integration in Southern Virginia.
Cassada, Eva. School's out for the last time at Washington-Coleman. June 06, 2011. Accessed September 28, 2018. www.sovanow.com.
Washington-Coleman Elementary School. Historical Marker Database. . Accessed October 21, 2018. www.HMdb.org.