In 1956, both the WV Colored Children's Home and the Industrial Home for Colored Girls were officially closed as a result of the groundbreaking Brown v. Board of Education court case, and many of the girls were transferred to other facilities in the state. By 1961, the entire property was sold to Marshall University. The Colored Children's Home was used as married student housing under the University Heights name, and the industrial school was used off and on for housing and other things.
There are plenty of legends surrounding both buildings, but most of the legends center on the Industrial School, as so little is actually known about its operation and history. Consequently, it is this building that gets the most haunted reputation. Locals tell tales of the building being used as a home for pregnant girls, where many abortions took place. While there were likely some pregnant girls who did attend the school, I have found nothing to verify that abortions were commonplace and conducted on the facility grounds. In any event, visitors to the now unoccupied building have reported hearing screaming, crying, and paranormal activity of nearly every type. Many people who believe they are sensitive to the paranormal report that there is an overwhelming sense of evil surrounding the building.
After hearing the various reports, a member of HPIR visited the grounds and captured a weird image on film. We then decided as a group to hold a mini-investigation of the outside property. It was an uneventful night, until a concerned neighbor called the authorities! However, it was a blessing in disguise, as one of the officers that responded shared plenty of his own experiences with us, and even shared a little something strange that had happened earlier while on a call to a possible break-in at the facility, where a window was witnessed seemingly shutting by itself. He and the other officers also related the idea that there had been several times in the past where they had been called to a "break-in" at the old building, only to chase someone (or something!) through the building that wasn't actually there.
Note: The Industrial School for Colored Boys was located in Lakin, near Pt. Pleasant. Read about the ghosts of Lakin, also at Theresa's Haunted History!
*This location has been torn down as of March 2010*