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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Blackstone in Nottoway County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Blackstone Female Institute

Blackstone, Virginia


—Nottoway County —

Blackstone Female Institute CRIEHT Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 18, 2010
1. Blackstone Female Institute CRIEHT Marker
Inscription. 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 Women’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 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 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 military
Blackstone Female Institute Students image. Click for full size.
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2. Blackstone Female Institute Students
camp was again in full operation in 1950 due to the conflict in Korea. The military presence coupled with financial difficulties, caused the school to close permanently. Today the campus is the Virginia Methodist Assembly Center, where charitable and religious groups conduct programs throughout the year.
Erected by Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail®. (Marker Number 18.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 37° 4.493′ N, 78° 0.635′ W. Marker is in Blackstone, Virginia, in Nottoway County. Marker is at the intersection of 4th Street and South Amelia Avenue, on the left when traveling west on 4th Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Blackstone VA 23824, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jamestown Oaks (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Blackstone College (approx. ¼ mile away); Blackstone (approx. 0.7 miles away); Black’s and White’s Station (approx. 0.9 miles away); Nottoway Training School (approx. 1.1 miles away); Union Academy
James Cannon, Jr., image. Click for full size.
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3. James Cannon, Jr.,
(approx. 1.1 miles away); Creation of Camp Pickett (approx. 2.3 miles away); Battle of Nottoway (approx. 2.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Blackstone.
More about this marker. On the left are two photos with the captions:
"(Top Left) Gymnastics class on the lawn of the Carnegie Building, 1908."
"(Bottom Left) The Gables Club (student residents) posed on the grand staircase in early 1940s with the president’s wife, Mayte Glick (center)."

On the center is "(Above Center) An illustration of the Gables (the President’s House)."

On the left is a photo of "(Above) James Cannon, Jr., the first president at Blackstone Female Institute."

All photos courtesy of the College Archives of Blackstone.
Also see . . .
1. Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail. Virginia's Retreat (Submitted on May 23, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. The Blackstone Female Institute History. The Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center (Submitted on May 23, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
Categories. African AmericansChurches & ReligionEducationMilitaryWar, KoreanWar, World II
4th St & S Amelia Ave image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 18, 2010
4. 4th St & S Amelia Ave
Blackstone College Gate image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 18, 2010
5. Blackstone College Gate
Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail® Map image. Click for full size.
6. Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail® Map
Appomattox County
1. Winonah Camp/Mozella Price Home
2. Carver-Price School
3. Education in 1800's Rural Virginia

Buckingham County
4. One-Room Schoolhouse
5. Carter G. Woodson Birthplace

Cumberland County
6. Hamilton High School
7. Rosenwald School at Cartersville
8. Jackson Davis

Amelia County
9. Russell Grove Presbyterian Church and School
10. Mrs. Samantha Jane Neil

Chesterfield County
11. Virginia State University

12. Earliest Known Public High School for African Americans in Virginia
13. McKenney Library
14. The Peabody-Williams School

Dinwiddie County
15. Southside Virginia Training Center
16. Rocky Branch School
17. Early Education in Dinwiddie County

Nottoway County
18. Blackstone Female Institute
19. Mt. Nebo Church
20. Ingleside Training Institute

Lunenburg County
21. The People's Community Center
22. St. Matthew's Lutheran Church Christian Day School

Prince Edward County
23. Prince Edward County Public Schools
24. R. R. Moton High School
25. Farmville Female Seminary Association
26. First Baptist Church
27. Beulah AME Church
28. Hampden-Sydney College

Charlotte County
29. Southside Virginia Community College - John H. Daniel Campus
30. Charlotte County Library
31. Salem School

Halifax County
32. Meadville Community Center
33. Mary M. Bethune High School
34. Washington-Coleman Elementary School
35. Mizpah Church

Mecklenburg County
36. Thyne Institute
37. Boydton Academic and Bible Institute

Brunswick County
38. Southside Virginia Community College - Christanna Campus
39. Saint Paul's College
40. Hospital and School of the Good Shepherd
41. Fort Christanna
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 23, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,035 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 23, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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