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Blackstone in Nottoway County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Blackstone Female Institute

Blackstone, Virginia

— Nottoway County —

Blackstone Female Institute Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), September 24, 2021
1. Blackstone Female Institute Marker
The Blackstone Female Institute was conceived in 1891 by George Pierce Adams, a Blackstone merchant, and Joshua Soule Hunter, a Methodist minister. Originally designed as a school to prepare young female students to enter Randolph-Macon Woman's College, it was founded more than a decade before the establishment of a public high school system in Virginia. James Cannon Jr., who became a nationally known bishop of the Methodist Church and an influential prohibitionist, was the first principal and led the school until 1912. When a more advanced curriculum was added in 1915 and the school became the Blackstone College for Girls, Cannon was chosen as the first president. Enrollment peaked at nearly 500 students before fires in 1920 and 1922 destroyed the dormitory and academic buildings. A rebuilding campaign was slow to raise funds, forcing the college by 1931 to curtail its program as a leading teacher-training institution and to operate, instead, as a college preparatory school and junior college.

With the onset of World War II, the U.S. Army opened Camp Pickett in Blackstone. The sudden influx of thousands of soldiers
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in the area and a wartime economy led the college trustees to suspend operation of the school. During that time the campus housed hundreds of military families. After the war the college reopened, but the campus became a military camps again in 1950 due to the conflict in Korea. The military presence, coupled with financial difficulties, caused the school to close permanently.
Erected by Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail. (Marker Number NT1.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationWar, KoreanWar, World IIWomen. In addition, it is included in the Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1891.
Location. 37° 4.492′ N, 78° 0.636′ W. Marker is in Blackstone, Virginia, in Nottoway County. Marker is at the intersection of 4th Street and South Amelia Avenue, on the right when traveling east on 4th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 707 4th St, Blackstone VA 23824, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jamestown Oaks (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Blackstone College (approx. Ό mile away); War Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Virginia Tech Fight Song (approx. 0.6 miles away); Blackstone
Blackstone Female Institute Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), September 24, 2021
2. Blackstone Female Institute Marker
(approx. 0.7 miles away); First National Bank of Blackstone, VA. (approx. 0.8 miles away); The L.C. Tucker Building, 101 S. Main Street (approx. 0.8 miles away); L.B. Spencer Drug Company (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Blackstone.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This marker has replaced the linked marker.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 26, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 129 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 26, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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May. 28, 2023