Christiansburg Institute

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103 Professional Park Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24060
Phone: (540) 552-2636
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Historical Significance

The first school to provide secondary education for African-Americans in Southwest Virginia, Christiansburg Institute was founded in 1866 by Captain Charles Schaeffer, of the Quaker Freedmen's Bureau. In 1895, Booker T. Washington served as advisor to the school. In 1966 desegregation closed the school, but in 1996 Christiansburg Institute, Inc. formed to renovate, restore, and develop not just the historic site, but a living institution.