Longwood University, Moton Museum explore affiliation

Posted on July 1st, 2014 by staff

Partnership would ensure museum site and mission for future generations

‘Moton Storyteller’ and 1963 Farmville protests student leader Rev. Everett Berryman co-teaching with Longwood’s Dr. Larissa Fergeson inside the Moton Museum.

Longwood University and the Robert Russa Moton Museum, the National Historic Landmark where a 1951 student strike helped launch the modern American civil rights movement, will pursue an affiliation that will preserve the museum’s site and educational mission in perpetuity.

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Virginia Board of Education president praises 1951 Moton strikers

Posted on June 16th, 2014 by staff

Encourages students to visit and learn from Farmville

The following excerpt, written by Virginia Board of Education president Christian Braunlich, appeared in the June 15, 2014 edition of The Daily Progress.
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Cainan Townsend, great-grandson of local Brown v. Board plaintiff John Townsend, and Moton associate director Justin Reid accept Brown v. Board 60th anniversary proclamation from the Virginia Board of Education, May 22, 2014. Photo courtesy of VDOE.

Today, the accomplishments of [the 1951 Moton student strikers] is commemorated at Moton High School, which is now the Robert Russa Moton Museum in Farmville.  Virginia teachers, and parents who wish to offer a lesson for their children could do nothing better than to pay a visit.

For many, the history of those days has been forgotten … or never learned.  Yet, they offer so many lessons for us… Click here to read full op-ed.

NAACP hosts Brown v. Board anniversary weekend at Moton, May 17 & 18

Posted on May 14th, 2014 by staff

Moton Museum exhibit showing the five communities that produced Brown v. Board plaintiffs. Seventy-five percent of plaintiffs came from Prince Edward County, Virginia.

Prince Edward County, Virginia — the “student birthplace of Brown v. Board ” — will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark school desegregation ruling at the Moton Museum on Saturday, May 17th, and Sunday, May 18th.  The weekend’s Moton events, organized by the Prince Edward County Branch of the NAACP, are free and open to the public.  The Museum will also offer free admission to all visitors on Saturday from 9am to 5pm.

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Farmville, Virginia high schools commemorate 1951 Moton Student Strike April 23rd

Posted on April 22nd, 2014 by staff

16-year-old led protest produced 75 percent of Brown v. Board plaintiffs

Virginia Civil Rights Memorial, on Richmond’s Capitol Square, honoring 1951 Moton student strikers.

As the nation prepares for the 60th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, Farmville, Virginia, high schoolers unite to honor the local students who, on April 23, 1951, paved the way for the Supreme Court’s historic 1954 school desegregation ruling.

At 10:30am Wednesday, April 23, 2014, seniors from Prince Edward County High School and Fuqua School will depart from the Moton Museum, the National Historic Landmark site of the 1951 Moton Student Strike.  Together, students will march 1 mile North along Main Street and convene at the Prince Edward County Court House steps, where they’ll hear from 1951 Moton strikers and local Brown v. Board plaintiffs, including Joan Johns Cobbs, sister of 1951 strike leader, the late Barbara Johns Powell.

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Legendary activist-folksinger Peter Yarrow at Moton April 21

Posted on April 19th, 2014 by staff

Free workshops, concert part of Longwood University’s Earth Month Celebration

Peter Yarrow, a former member of Peter, Paul & Mary, will present a concert Monday, April 21, at 7 p.m. at the Moton Museum. He will conduct workshops that day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., also at Moton, related to the anti-bullying program Operation Respect and Operation Environmental Respect, both of which he founded.

Monday’s events are hosted by Longwood’s Center of Excellence for Environmental Education (CE3) with support from the Albert I. Pierce Foundation.  All events are free and open to the public; no tickets required.  Seating is first-come, first-served.