A National Historic Landmark, the Moton Museum honors the courage and sacrifice of Prince Edward County, Virginia students and families, and their leading role in moving America from segregation toward integration.
Joins Historic Jamestowne and National D-Day Memorial on 2014 list
2014 marks 60 years since the decision was handed down by the United States Supreme Court for Brown v. Board of Education (1954), a case that desegregated schools and had a 16-year-old Farmville, Virginia girl at its roots.
Visit the Robert Russa Moton Museum to learn how a leaky, cold, overcrowded Robert Russa Moton High School pushed Barbara Johns and her peers to fight for equality in education (75% of the plaintiffs in Brown v. Board of Education were students in the 1951 Moton Student Strike). The site was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1998 and is called the student birthplace of America’s Civil Rights Movement… Continue Reading.
Walgreens VP and best-selling author brings message of unity and resilience
5:30PM Wed, Jan 22nd, at Jarman Longwood University and the Moton Museum invite the entire community to Jarman Hall on Wednesday, January 22nd, 5:30PM, for a special Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration. Walgreens Chief Diversity Officer, Divisional Vice President, author and motivational speaker Steve Pemberton will deliver this year’s keynote address at Jarman, followed by a 7PM community reception at Moton.
Noon Thurs, Jan 23rd, at Lankford The community is also invited to Longwood’s Lankford Student Union on Thursday, January 23rd, noon-1, for a campus Unity March led by Civil Rights heroes Joy Cabarrus Speakes, 1951 Moton student striker and Brown v. Board plaintiff; and Rev. J. Samuel Williams Jr., ’51 Moton student striker and 1963 Downtown Farmville Student Protests co-organizer.
The two days of events are part of a week-long celebration of Dr. King’s legacy. Call Longwood University’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion at 434-395-2394 for more details.
New book on young Civil Rights heroine in stores Jan 7
Before the Little Rock Nine, before Rosa Parks, before Martin Luther King Jr. and his March on Washington, there was Barbara Rose Johns, a Prince Edward County, Virginia, teenager who used nonviolent civil disobedience to draw attention to her cause. In 1951, witnessing the unfair conditions at Farmville’s R.R. Moton High School, Barbara Johns led a walkout—the first public protest of its kind demanding racial equality in the U.S.—jumpstarting the American Civil Rights Movement.
The Girl from the Tar Paper School: Barbara Rose Johns and the Advent of the Civil Rights Movement, by author Teri Kanefield, mixes biography with social history, and features never-before-seen family photos, images of the school and town, a civil rights timeline, and archival documents from classmates and news media.
Kick off the holiday season at the Moton Museum, Monday, December 9th, from 5:30 to 7:30PM! The Moton Council invites you to join them for great food, music and fellowship at its annual Holiday Social & Open House.
This free event is open to the community and includes free tours and a Prince Edward County Elementary School holiday art exhibition. All are welcome.