Through a donation from Reverend Joseph C. Hartshorn of Rhode Island, the American Baptist Home Mission Society was able to fund Hartshorn Memorial College in 1883. This college was established in memory of Joseph’s late wife, Rachel Hartshorn, and was created for the education of African-American females. In 1886, with no further female students, the institution transformed to only offering theological studies and re-established itself as Richmond Theological Seminary. In 1899, Richmond Theological Seminary and Wayland Seminary merged to form Virginia Union University.
Hartshorn Hall is now a women’s residence hall on the campus of Virginia Union University. It houses upperclassmen on the first and second floors and first-year students on the third floor. Hartshorn Hall boasts the largest lobby of all residence halls on campus and also has a study room on the first floor. All floors have community-style bathrooms. The rooms in Hartshorn are approximately 10 x 12 feet.
Each room has:
• 2 beds
• 2 desks with a bookcase attached
• 2 dressers
• 2 mirrors
• 2 closets