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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

118-5297 Virginia University of Lynchburg

Virginia University of Lynchburg
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 12/16/2010

NRHP Listing Date 02/22/2011

NPS property number 11000035

Virginia University of Lynchburg is the oldest institution of higher education in Lynchburg, and the first associated with African American education. It was incorporated as Lynchburg Baptist Seminary in 1888, when construction began on the first building, Hayes Hall, which housed classrooms until it was demolished in 1988. Today’s campus features three historic buildings: Graham Hall (ca.1917), Humbles Hall (ca. 1921), and the Mary Jane Cachelin Memorial Science and Library Building (1946). The school retains the integrity of its historic location, association, setting, feeling, design, materials, and workmanship, and is significant for its association with the self-help movement that African Americans initiated in the decades following the Civil War.


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

Updated April 4, 2018