Farmville, Virginia's former R.R. Moton High School, now a National Historic Landmark, is a civil rights training ground, rooted in Prince Edward County's 1951-1964, Constitutional fight for student freedom.
“The eyes of the world are on us. The intelligent support we give our cause will serve as a stimulant for the cause of free people everywhere.” Reverend L. Francis Griffin Sr. (1917-1980), pastor of First Baptist Church, Downtown Farmville
On the night of Wednesday, December 3rd, the Sharon Baptist Church Youth & Young Adult Ministry, and Adult Bible Study, staged a demonstration for “equal protection under the law” at the Prince Edward County Courthouse.
Though quickly planned, every action — the location, message, the decision to praywith our area law enforcement — was discussed with students, deliberate, and made, first and foremost, with long-term goals and our local community in mind.
At Moton we teach organized, constructive citizenship, rooted in lessons learned from our local, national heroes. Every community is unique, and our organizing tactics must reflect this complexity.
Kick off the holiday season at the Moton Museum, Monday, December 8th, from 5:30 to 7:30PM! The Moton Council invites you to join them for great food, music and fellowship at its annual Holiday Open House & Social.
This free community building event will feature the annual Prince Edward County Elementary School Holiday Art Exhibition, as well as updates on Moton’s future growth. Due to construction, guests are asked to park across Griffin Blvd in the Southgate Center.
Tar paper schoolhouse, mural, bus pull-off and parking lot planned for civil rights National Historic Landmark —–
Moton Council leaders and local Civil Rights veterans gather for construction groundbreaking. Pictured (l to r): Joy Speakes, Development Committee Chair, Trustee, 1951 striker and plaintiff; Edwilda Allen, Council member and 1951 striker; Justin Reid, Associate Director; Cynthia Johnson, Resources Committee Chair; Dorothy Holcomb, Council Chair; Rev. James Holcomb; Mickie Carrington; and Rita Moseley.
Farmville, VA – The construction now underway at the Moton Museum is bringing the National Historic Landmark even closer to its history. A replica of one of the three “tar paper shacks” — the overcrowded, outdoor classrooms that led Moton students to strike and file suit for school desegregation in 1951 — is being constructed on its original site.
Though identical in size and outward appearance, the new tar paper building will not be made from the same materials as the originals. The new building will house additional office and storage space, a catering prep kitchen, a pavilion and outdoor education area, and feature a mural by nationally renowned, Richmond, Virginia-based artist, Hamilton Glass. Construction also includes a new parking lot and bus pull-off to improve traffic along Griffin Boulevard. An early-2015 completion is anticipated.
In 1964 Kennedy visited Farmville to review the Prince Edward Free Schools, the one-year, privately-funded, integrated school system he co-founded to provide education for local students. The Griffin v. Prince Edward case, decided just weeks after his visit, forced the county to reopen public schools after five years of being closed.
Moton to host ‘Civil Rights in Children’s Literature’ event Friday night at 7:30
Teri Kanefield, author of ESSENCE Magazine’s favorite children’s book of 2014, ‘Girl From The Tar Paper School,’ will join 1951 Moton student striker Edwilda Allen, as well as authors Gigi Amateau, Meg Medina, and National Book Award winner Kathryn Erskine, for a panel and book-signing event entitled Civil Rights in Children’s Literature: An Ongoing Story.
This Friday night Moton event is part of the inaugural Virginia Children’s Book Festival, which begins at 8am Friday at Longwood University and ends at 4pm Saturday. Book lovers of all ages are invited to attend.