Black History Trail
PRESENTED BY CHRISTIANSBURG INSTITUTE, INC.
Christiansburg Industrial Institute
THE FIRST HIGH SCHOOL IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA TO EDUCATE THE FORMERLY ENSLAVED
The Christiansburg Industrial Institute (1866-1966) was the first high school in Southwest, Virginia, to educate the formerly enslaved. The school served African American students from across the state of Virginia and beyond for 100 years. Booker T. Washington was supervisor to the school from 1896-1915, modeling the curriculum after Tuskegee and Hampton Institute.
Today, Christiansburg Institute, Inc. (CI, Inc.) and the Christiansburg Institute Alumni Association (CIAA) work together to honor the Institute's 100-year legacy of African-American education and empowerment through storytelling, community outreach and education, and historic preservation.
Preserve. Educate. Empower.
Christiansburg Institute (CI, Inc.) is a 501(c)(3) cultural heritage and historic preservation non-profit located in Christiansburg, Virginia with a mission of education and empowerment. CI, Inc. is managed by a 15-member Board of Directors and operated by it's Executive Director. CI, Inc. was created by the Christiansburg Institute Alumni Association (CIAA) in 1996.
Our mission to preserve and promote the historic Christiansburg Industrial Institute through enacting its legacies of education, service, and excellence.
What We Do
Community. Education. Preservation.
Our work at CI, Inc. is centered around grassroots community organizing, participatory education and inter-generational learning, and the historic preservation of the Edgar A. Long Building. We celebrate life, ancestors, tradition, art, music, food, and culture through programs, events, and Restorative Memorymaking.
We work diligently to
honor ancestors and cultural heritage,
intentionally center directly affected voices,
and build people power through grassroots community organizing and historic preservation.
Edgar A. Long Building
The historic Edgar A. Long Building represents the only 2% of African-American historic sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Help us save and restore this rare national treasure.
Christiansburg Institute Museum & Archives
Protecting CI's Material Culture
Preserving the expansive material culture and thousands of historic artifacts from Christiansburg Industrial Institute's impressive 100-year history
Reclaiming Ancestral Knowledge
Sharing the remarkable story and 100 year history of Christiansburg Institute in Southwest Virginia through celebrating our cultural heritage, inter-generational learning, and Restorative Memorymaking