The Lee County Colored Elementary School was built in 1940 on land donated by Rachel Scott, an African-American barber. The school was the only primary school for blacks in all of southwest Virginia's Lee County. Its legacy is complex: even as it stood as a visible symbol of segregation, it represented education, self-sufficiency, and community.
The one-room school house closed after the 1965-66 school year. In the fall of 1966, Lee County's schools were integrated and the students were bused to Pennington High School.
The school building has become the Appalachian African-American Cultural Center.
Geographical and Contact Information
230 N. Leona Street Pennington Gap, Virginia 24277 Phone: 276-546-5144/276-546-1981
Cite this Page:
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, “Lee County Colored Elementary School (today, Appalachian African-American Cultural Center),” African American Historic Sites Database, accessed January 20, 2019, http://www.aahistoricsitesva.org/items/show/242.