A COMMUNITY EFFORT
There were Alumni from Jefferson High School who had also been involved from the beginning to save the Jefferson School and pushed for the school to be revitalized. Those who played a key role were Teresa Price, Priscilla Whiting, Josephine Morrison, Lelia Brown, Mary Anderson, Ida Lewis, Ann Carter, and Jessie Williams.
Under the direction of the Assistant City Manager, Rochelle Toney, the City Council selected members of the community and entrusted them with the responsibility to make the Jefferson School renovation a reality. Those individuals were Steve Blaine, Craig Barton, Ray Carey, Earnie Edwards, Allison Dickie, Genie Keller, Frank Stoner, Bitsy Waters, and Julian Taliaferro.
Once the Jefferson School City Center was established, a group of community elders worked tirelessly for the next five years to launch the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. Those individuals were: Teresa Price, Mary Reese, John Gaines, Edwina St. Rose, Deborah Bell-Burks and Andrea Douglas.