Although currently undergoing renovations, we are excited to announce that Historic Jarvisburg Colored School will reopen for the month of February for Black History Month. Starting February 1, 2024, self-guided tours will be available on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10-3. Historic Jarvisburg Colored School will be closed starting March 1, 2024, to continue renovations. We will keep the public updated on any future openings.

The stories from many former students who attended the Currituck County African American schools prior to de-segregation are being told. They are stories about our heritage in rural Currituck County. They are stories from those who also were encouraged to expand their education and go on to become teachers, school administrators, businessmen, and workers in many trades.

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The African American Experience of Northeast North Carolina

Historic Jarvisburg Colored School is part of The African American Experience of Northeast North Carolina, a self-guided tour of more than 30 outdoor interpretive signs and monuments, parks, waterways and museums situated in six counties in North Carolina. Learn more.


A Taste of Old & NewA Taste of Old & New

The HJCS Cookbook, a collection of recipes and stories is available to be purchased at the Museum for $18.

Tribute to Milton Etheridge

Milton Etheridge, passed away October 5 2017.

Milton was a founding member of two nonprofit boards instrumental in providing services to Currituck County and in honoring the heritage and culture of the African American community of Currituck. Milton helped to establish the Currituck-Dare Community Foundation beginning in 1999. Milton's strength came from making connections with people to advocate for a better quality of life for residents and visitors to Currituck County.

Milton Etheridge

His second commitment came in 2002, helping to organize and lead efforts to establish the Historic Jarvisburg Colored School Association and to establish the HJCS Museum that shares the stories of all the historic colored schools in Currituck from the 1860's through the 1950's.

His dedication, commitment and persuasion benefited everyone in Currituck County and we are grateful for his efforts. He will be missed by many. For information about the Currituck-Dare Community Foundation, www.nccommunityfoundation.org

Donations in his memory may be made to the William A. and Julia Hunt & Douglas P. and Alice H. Lindsey Fund for Historic Jarvisburg Colored School (HJCS), administered by the NC Community Foundation. This fund supports Historic Jarvisburg Colored School.


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The mission of the Historic Jarvisburg Colored School Association shall be for the preservation and dissemination of information about the history and culture of the Colored People and Schools in Currituck County, North Carolina from 1868-1950’s.

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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places | December 11, 2009