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 Center [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 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.
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.
Rendition of the NHC gym after renovation and pictures of the current Gym
Margaret Constance Henderson
Millennium Group board member, Margaret Constance Henderson, an eighty-six year old warrior who underwent four back surgeries during a two week period in the midst of her fundraising efforts has motivated the community to raise over $25,000. Margaret was listening to the news and heard of multiple killings of young people in another community over a weekend and stated “it is a shame that the NHC gym is not open to the community to provide our children a safe place to go”. She thought about it, prayed on it and got to work bringing together the community to make the restoration of the gym a reality. We urge you to join Margaret, the Millennium Group and the Nelson community in making the gym a reality.
PLEASE join us in raising the additional $175,000 needed to provide a safe place for our children, youth, young adults, and seniors to stay healthy and engaged!
- Rodney Sandidge
- Lorraine Hart
- George Krieger
- Danny Henderson
- Jennell Charles