Christiansburg Institute, Inc. is located on the south side
of Scattergood Drive, just off North Franklin Street, near
downtown Christiansburg, Virginia. Currently undergoing revitalization,
this 4.4 acre site revives its 22 building, 185 acre, 100 year-old
predecessor through restored buildings, historical building
footprints and a new building incorporating historic features
and community service. The revitalization project, initiated
by the historic school’s alumni association is a work
in progress. This
$5.9 million revitalization will bring to the public the restored
Virginia Landmark and National Registry listed 1927 Edgar A.
Long Building, the 1924 Historic Trades Building, a new Trades Learning
Center, and a replica of the 1902 Smokehouse. Additionally, the
site will hold signed footprints of the historic campus: a
former plantation house and two of its slave cabins; the 1910
Baily Morris Hall and the 1902 Morris Hall.
100-year old history will come alive through the CI Museum
and Archive, a vital
of the revitalization and service
programs. While the 1966 public action to close the school with
the advent of full desegregation in Virginia initiated near destruction,
the documentation of its outstanding history and living alumni
provide a remarkable repository to serve its revival. The historic
school will come alive through actual restoration; permanent
and changing exhibits, a virtual historic campus tour and an
archive of more than 4000 original documents and photographs
as well actual and virtual secondary sources such as Friends
Historical Library, Swarthmore University, Library of Congress,
Tuskegee Institute, Virginia State University, Virginia State
Department of Education, Library of Virginia, National Archives
and Record Administration and local universities. Oral histories
of CI students and faculty are a significant element in the on-going
archive program with collection initiated by the alumni association
in the 1980’s, is on-going and will continue until the
opportunity to collect has been collected.
A. Long Building.
2. Photo courtesy Andy Morikawa.