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Central State Hospital Chapel

VLR Listing Date

06/17/2010

NRHP Listing Date

09/24/2010

NRHP Delisting Date

02/07/2017

NRHP Reference Number

10000794

VLR Delisting Date

09/15/2016

The Chapel was built in 1904 as part of the Central State Hospital, which opened in 1885 in Dinwiddie County as a segregated facility for mentally ill African Americans. The building was used for social activities such as dances and concerts as well as daily and Sunday worship services. The Central State Hospital Chapel was a reminder of the state’s unequal treatment of African Americans during the era of segregation and the evolving history of mental health treatment facilities.

The Central State Hospital Chapel was listed at the statewide level of significance in the areas of Black Ethnic Heritage and Health/Medicine. After being vacant for a number of years, the state-owned building was compromised by deferred maintenance, leading to its eventual collapse in May of 2014.

Last Updated: February 19, 2024

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Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

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