Virginia Theological Seminary (Virginia University of Lynchburg)
In 1886 the Virginia State Baptist Convention, governing body of the state’s African American Baptists, established a new institute of higher learning. Virginia Theological Seminary (now Virginia University of Lynchburg) became known for its independent spirit. It took very little funding from whites, and early leadership of the school defied demands that it stop academic work in favor of vocational courses. Alumnus John Chilembwe led an ill-fated 1915 uprising in today’s Malawi, and Harlem Renaissance poet Anne Spencer graduated from here.
Image: Virginia Department of Historic Resources