From humble beginnings, African American students, from surrounding counties, used to learn in a one story classroom with 232 other students. Until Christiansburg Institute expanded to 185 arches and started a campus life.
Campus Life and Academia
From skillful trade, core curriculums, sports, and clubs, Christiansburg Institute students were nationally known and locally praised for their excellent work and achievements.
The end of Christiansburg Institute
Christiansburg Institute was open for a century until the doors had to close as a consequence of desegregation. Most of the land and buildings were sold and demolished. However, the Edgar A. Long building is still standing strong as a historical preservation. Although Christiansburg Institute closed in 1966, the legacy is still living with help of alumni, descendants, and a supportive community.