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Blackstone College Marker, K-174

Three blocks south is the campus of the former Blackstone Female Institute, after 1915 Blackstone College for Girls, a teacher-training school that opened in 1894 with some 75 students including 29 boarders. James Cannon Jr., a controversial Methodist bishop and prohibitionist, twice served as chief administrator (1894-1911, 1914-1918). In 1906, U.S. Steel magnate Andrew Carnegie donated money to expand the main building. The Beaux-Arts president's home, called The Gables, was built in 1915. Enrollment neared 500 before fires in 1920 and 1922 destroyed the classroom and dormitory buildings. Rebuilt on a smaller scale, the college operated until 1950. It became the Virginia Methodist Assembly Center in 1955.

Marker Information:
Year On Marker: 1996
Region: Southside Region
Geographic Location: Nottoway County
Physical Description of Location: Southwest corner of intersection of Church Street (US 460) and College Avenue, Blackstone, VA 23824. Marker is on right when traveling east on Church Street.
GPS Location: 37.077504,-78.007989
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