Moton VP Debate Schedule

Posted on September 23rd, 2016 by staff

Moton will be busy with events surrounding the Vice-Presidential Debate at Longwood University.  For a complete listing of what is happening with the Debate, visit

Here’s an overview of what is happening in and around Moton:

Friday, September 30:  Open 12 noon – 4 p.m. for self-guided tours of galleries only

As part of the 2016 Student Citizenship Summit sponsored by the Longwood University College of Education and Human Services, we will have 600 middle and high school students in the museum over the course of the day.

Saturday, October 1: Open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Guided tours will be offered at 10 a.m., 12 noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Sunday, October 2: Open 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.  Guided tours offered at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

5 p.m.   Community Prayer Service, sponsored by the Farmville Ministerial Association

Monday, October 3: Open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.  Guided tours will be offered at 10 a.m., 12 noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Tuesday, October 4, Debate Day: Open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Guided tours will be offered at 10 a.m., 12 noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. No Prayer Breakfast this day.

10 a.m. Debut of Farmville Civil Rights Walking Tour

Meet by Tar Paper Shack building next to the Museum.

This will be approximately a two-mile walk down Main Street, up High Street, and down Griffin Blvd back to the Museum.  Wear shoes and clothing appropriate for the walk and weather.  Bring your smartphone, if you have one.

This tour is a joint collaboration between the Moton Museum, Downtown Farmville Partnership, and Longwood University.  The tour is made possible through the support and cooperation of the Town of Farmville.  Project made possible with funding from the Virginia Foundation for Humanities.

10 a.m. – 6 p.m. First Amendment Field located behind the Museum

Longwood University invites members of the public to express their views. Participants will sign up for 10-minute speaking slots on the stage on First Amendment Field.  To register, go to


Civil Rights Film Series

Posted on September 5th, 2016 by staff

Join us for our September Civil Rights Film Series. The Moton Museum will show three nationally-acclaimed documentaries about key moments in the modern civil rights movement: the 1961 Freedom Rides showing September 7th @6pm, the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project of 1964 showing September 14th @ 6pm, and the Loving v. Virginia decision of 1967 showing September 21st @ 6pm. Public discussion will follow each of the films.

All films will be show in the Moton Auditorium. This event is free and open to the entire community. This film series is part of the Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights series, generously sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. 

Authors of It’s Not Just Black or White book signing, September 3rd, 10am at Moton

Posted on September 1st, 2016 by staff

 Join us Saturday, September 3 from 10:00 a.m. — 12 noon as authors Richard Aubry and Warren “Ricky” Brown discuss and sign copies of their new book It’s Not Just Black or White.

The book recalls 1970s Farmville, when Richard Aubry was a professor at Longwood College longing to exercise his pitching arm and play baseball.  He joined the Farmville All-Stars, led by individuals such as Warren “Ricky” Brown, who as children had experienced the Prince Edward County school closings.  Their story is one of how a love for baseball and athletic talent can bring people together regardless of race.

Am I Next: Debunking Stereotypes Peace Walk and Panel Discussion August 31st, 5:30pm

Posted on August 30th, 2016 by staff

Join us Wednesday, August 31 at 5:30 p.m. beginning at First Baptist Church — as Moton helps to host Am I Next: Debunking Stereotypes, Peace Walk and Panel Discussion.

We will begin with a peace march from First Baptist Church to the Moton Museum pointing out areas of civil rights significance along the way. We will return to Moton to discuss ways to strengthen relationships between law enforcement and the community. We will have members of local law enforcement agencies represented on our panel.


Moton raises money for scholarships

Posted on June 30th, 2016 by staff

Annual Family Challenge fundraiser to recognize local high school seniors

From The Farmville Herald:

Community members and the Robert Russa Moton Museum are coming together to raise money for two new scholarships and funding for museum programs.

The scholarships will go to two students of Prince Edward County High School who are descendants of families affected by the closing of the county’s public schools from 1959 to 1964.

The scholarships are funded by money raised during the museum’s annual Moton Family Challenge… Continue reading.

Note: The Moton Community Banquet has been postponed to Spring 2017.  Stay tuned for additional details.