For nearly a century, the names of 104 men sat in a dusty file in the National Archives. The list, lost to history, gave scant information on a group of African-American doctors who volunteered in World War I, some of whom were killed in battle.
But that brief information—just name, age and hometown—was enough for researchers Joann Buckley ’66 and Doug Fisher to begin tracking down these volunteers and piecing together details of their lives.
The two authors will share the unique stories of the men and uncovering lost history at the Moton Museum on Friday, April 29 at 3 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend the presentation. Continue reading.
A new publication—the result of a collaboration between Moton Museum and Longwood University—will highlight 17 stories of men and women who experienced the effects of the Prince Edward County school closings from 1959-64. Titled Their Voices, Our History, the magazine will feature large-scale photographs and personal stories that reveal stunning insight and clarity into a defining period of our shared history.
The publication will be available free of charge at an opening reception for a photography exhibit highlighting the magazine’s art on April 28 from 5-7 p.m. at the Moton. The exhibit will be open until April 30. Members of the public are invited to attend the reception. Continue reading.
Reverend J. Samuel Williams Jr. to keynote April 24th event
The Moton Museum and First Baptist Church of Farmville invite the public to a special Johns-Griffin Day commemoration of the 65th anniversary of the 1951 Moton Student Strike. The program takes place Sunday, April 24th, from 3:00-4:30PM, at the historic First Baptist Church, located in Downtown Farmville at the corner of Fourth and Main streets.
The Reverend J. Samuel Williams Jr., president of the Moton High School Class of 1952, civil rights activist and pastor of Levi Baptist Church, will deliver this year’s keynote. Joining Williams will be several Downtown Farmville pastors, including: Reverend James Ashton from First Baptist Church, Reverend Michael Kendall from Farmville United Methodist Church, Reverend Ronnie Kiehm from Farmville Baptist Church, Reverend Nancy Meck from Johns Memorial Episcopal Church, and Reverend Matthew Shannon from Beulah AME Church. The First Baptist Church Youth Choir will render the music. Education activist, writer and former Farmville Herald editor, Mr. Ken Woodley, will emcee. Light refreshments will be served.
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Monday, February 22nd, 7:30-8:30PM
The Moton Museum and Longwood University Department of Music invite you to A Jazz Tribute to Black History Month on February 22nd, 7:30-8:30PM at Moton. This free community concert will feature the music of Billie Holiday, one of the world’s most prominent and influential swing-jazz singers.
Dr. Lisa Burrs (pictured), assistant professor of music and former Richmond Magazine Vocalist of the Year, will sing Holiday standards, including the powerful “Strange Fruit,” noted for its explicit lyrical theme of Jim Crow repression. Burrs will be accompanied by the Southside Jazz Quartet, who will be joined by Richmond guitarist Morgan Burrs, and Greg Robey ’13, trombonist and band director at Prince Edward County Middle School.
Join us for a night of reflection and celebration as the Longwood University, Hampden-Sydney College and Farmville communities come together to honor the legacy of the civil rights movement and forge a new bond of cooperation and collaboration. This black-tie optional reception and silent auction will be held on Friday, February 5, 2016 at the Moton Museum from 5:00-7:00pm. Tickets are $10 per person and $18 per couple with entertainment provided by local artists.
Click here to register and reserve your space today!