Defunct Universities and Colleges in Virginia: Blackstone College for Girls, Elizabeth College, Virginia, Sullins College, Marion College Reviews

Defunct Universities and Colleges in Virginia: Blackstone College for Girls, Elizabeth College, Virginia, Sullins College, Marion College

Chapters: Blackstone College for Girls, Elizabeth College, Virginia, Sullins College, Marion College, Virginia. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 17. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher’s book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: Blackstone College for Girls (originally Blackstone Female Institute) was a private religious school for girls that operated under the auspices of the Virginia Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South between 1894 and 1950. The school buildings still stand in the town of Blackstone in Nottoway County. Virginia’s Department of Historic Resources acknowledged the significance of the site by erecting historical marker number K 174 in 1996. Blackstone College is also designated as a site on the Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail. Since 1955, the Virginia United Methodist Church has used the former school buildings as a conference center. The Blackstone Female Institute received its charter from the State Legislature on February 15, 1892 and opened its doors to students in 1894. The Institute’s facilities were built on six acres of land donated by the Blackstone Land Company. In 1920 and 1922, two fires devastated the campus. The leaders of the college rebuilt the school on a smaller scale and reopened. In 1943, the college suspended operation for the duration of WWII, and the school buildings were used as apartments by servicemen and their families. Classes resumed in 1945, but dwindling enrollment and the Korean War forced the college to close in 1950. James Cannon, Jr. pastor and later bishop of the Farmville Methodist Episcopal Church, South, was the school’s first principal. Cannon was also the first president of the school. Cannon was a prominent leader in the temperance movement until he was accused of misusing church money after the 1928 election. George P. Adams, a merchant from B…More: http://booksllc.net/?id=24168170

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