Gym Restoration Project
The Millennium Group, a 501©3 entity created to preserve the legacy of the school and to provide a place where the community can come together, is asking
for help to renovate the school’s gymnasium that is in disrepair and unusable at this time.
1960-1969: Nelson Memorial High School for African American students
1969-2003: Nelson Junior High School/Nelson Middle School
2003-2004: Nelson County used the facility for county storage
2004-Present:Nelson Heritage Community Center
In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court passed Brown vs. the Board of Education making “separate but equal” education based on race unconstitutional. It was not
until 1969, 15 years later, that this reality was changed for Nelson County residents. Now, the school once designated for African American students only,
has been transformed into a community center, “A place where the community can come together” for all residents of Nelson and surrounding counties.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child notes that play and recreation are essential to the health and well-being of children and promote
the development of creativity, imagination, self-confidence, self-efficacy, as well as physical, social, cognitive and emotional strength and skills. Once repairs
are made, the gymnasium can again support a robust program of youth and adult activities that can foster individual and community health and well-being
The Millennium Group has received funding from: Nelson County Community fund (NCCF); The Charlottesville Area Community Foundation (CACF); and the
Community Foundation of Central Blue Ridge to support renovation of the gymnasium of the Nelson Heritage Center.
NC Oral History Center Project
Nelson County Oral History Center (NCOHC) is a collaborative effort between two incorporated non-profit organizations in Nelson; the Millennium Group and the Oakland Museum. The executive
committee is comprised of two members of the Board of Directors of the Millennium Group and two members of the Board of Directors of the Oakland Museum and one member who is on both
The Center's objectives are to produce and provide access to oral histories collected from seniors 80 years of age and above; histories from those citizens who experienced Integration of the
Nelson County Public School System and the effects Hurricane Camille* left on the county.
Each interview for the Center's collection must be accompanied by a signed release form (available at center). The Center’s staff, summer interns and volunteers will transcribe tapes, set up and
conduct interviews, as time and finances allow. These oral histories will reflect the Center's mission.
A central goal of the Oral History Center is to serve as a repository of the African American experience in Nelson County. To this end, the Millennium Group, located in Nelson Heritage Center, has
received (and anticipates more) contributions from former administrators, teachers, students and community members in the form of books, photographs, memorabilia and manuscripts.
Data collected, (audio/video) is on display at the center. (Senior 80 plus Exhibit). This museum/library will also serve as a major research center for scholars, students and other individuals interested
in the educational experiences of African Americans in general and Nelson County citizens in particular.
The Millennium Group received a grant from the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation (CACF) in March of 2007 to be used to aid in the collection of oral history on the life and experiences of
Nelson citizens 80 years and older.
May, 2010 MG received a grant from the Smyth Foundation (Gordon & Mary Beth Smyth)/CACF used towards the "NC Oral History Project"
Computer Classes and Workshops
The Millennium Group received a grant in June of 2007 from Bama Works Fund of Dave Matthews Band in the Charlottesvlle Area Community Foundation to assist in upgrading the Technology
Lab. June of 2009 MG received it's second grant from Bama Works Fund of Dave Matthews Band in the Charlottesvlle Area Community Foundation to assist in further upgrading the Technology
Lab and to assist with NC Oral History Center Project.
Integration of Nelson County School System
"The Path of Least Resistance" Exhibit
The Nelson County Oral History Center (NCOHC) captures part of the past to remind some and educate others on “The Path of Least Resistance” traveled by many to arrive where
the Nelson County School System is today. The Exhibit includes graphic panels telling the integration story with text and photos and will be permanently housed at the Nelson
Heritage Center. It includes excerpts from recorded oral history interviews about integration from students, parents and teachers who lived through the experience.
Groups and organizations are welcomed and encouraged to contact any of the individuals on the back of the pamphlet to arrange a viewing of the exhibit.
The Nelson County Oral History (NCOHC) is a collaborative effort between two incorporated non-profit organizations in Nelson; The Millennium Group and the Oakland Museum. The
executive committee is comprised of two members of the Board of Directors of the Millennium Group and two members of the Board of Directors of the Oakland Museum and one
member who is on both boards.
The Center’s objectives are to produce and provide access to oral histories collected from the citizens on all aspects of life in Nelson County. The NCOHC welcomes the community
to get involved and assist us in preserving the wonderful histories of the citizens of Nelson County.
April, 2010 MG received a grant from Nelson County Community Fund (NCCF) along with the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, to be used towards the project:
- Job preparation: instruct individuals on how to apply for a job and maintain a job; teach basic job skills such as use of computer, answering phones, etc.
To be taught by board members and volunteers from the community.
Nelson Heritage Center Food Distribution Program
We are happy to announce that in August 2015, Nelson County Community Fund (NCCF) awarded MG a grant towards the purchase of a Pavillion that will be used to shelter volunteers who
distribute food to Nelson County citizens via the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Thanks for your support once again NCCF/CACF.
Community groups use the building for monthly meetings and other training activities for their groups.
Center is used for dinners,BANQUETS family reunions, receptions, etc. The center is also used for groups who need to sponsor fund-raisers.
Outside Basket Ball Courts and grounds to be used for various events.
Lovingston, VA 22949
To schedule an event: (434-946-2281)