Mobile museum to showcase Christiansburg Institute history

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RADFORD, Va. (WDBJ7) Radford University students are helping Montgomery County Schools take a history exhibit on the road.

A group of the university's interior design students have worked on layouts for a mobile museum that tells the story of the Christiansburg Institute.

The institute was a school for African Americans and opened after the Civil War to educate freed slaves and closed in 1966 when schools integrated.

Montgomery County plans to use a former school bus for the traveling exhibit.

"We are able to take the bus to our different elementary schools different community events and not just in Montgomery County but other counties as well," said Mark Miear, the Montgomery County schools superintendent.

Students at the Christiansburg Institute were from all throughout Southwest Virginia and traveled to Montgomery County for an education.

Radford University students presented their ideas to the school division last week and learned a piece of local history in the process.

"We got excited about designs to teach people. And so it's not really our typical thing to teach, but it was fun to dip into something different," said Lillie Price, a second year at Radford University.

Montgomery County plans to use grant money to fund the mobile museum.