Virginia Collegiate and Industrial Institute (Morgan College Annex)

A branch of Morgan College of Baltimore, Maryland, the Virginia Collegiate and Industrial Institute was established in 1892 and destroyed by fire in 1917. The Jackson Street Methodist Episcopal Church purchased the land for the school at a cost of $12,000 and $5,000 for the building. The church continued its support by assuming an additional $14,000 debt. The first principal was Frank Trigg, Jr., who presided over 200 students. The curriculum at Morgan College Annex included a college preparatory program and a “normal” (teacher training) course.

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