‘Virginia Voices’ film screening and Q&A, 1:00PM Sat, July 11 at Moton

Posted on July 5th, 2015 by staff

Join the Virginia Historical Society for a special screening of their new, groundbreaking short film, Virginia Voices, Saturday, July 11th, from 1:00 to 2:00PM at Moton.  A Q&A with the film’s producer, Jeff Boedeker, and Lizzie Oglesby of the Virginia Historical Society will immediately follow the film.

A year and a half in the making, Virginia Voices incorporates crowdsourced footage, professionally shot pieces, and segments filmed by Virginians who were given a camera to capture their lives, hopes, and dreams. This new way of filmmaking reveals an unfiltered portrait of Virginians today.

This program is free and open to the public.

Writer Kristen Green kicks off ‘Moton Lunch-in Series’ Friday, June 26

Posted on June 25th, 2015 by staff

Join Kristen Green, author of Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County, at Moton, Friday, June 26.  The ‘Lunch-in‘ talk is noon-1:00PM, followed by a community reception from 5:00-8:00PM.  Both events are free and open to the public.  $10.00 from each of Friday’s book sales will be donated to Moton, courtesy the author and Chop Suey Books.

In Something Must Be Done, Green rendersa deeply moving account of historical injustice and a personal search for redemption for her family’s role in it” (Booklist).  Part historical non-fiction, part memoir, the book weaves together the many perspectives surrounding Prince Edward County’s 1950s and ’60s school desegregation battle.  It also serves as a call to action for improved U.S. public schools and race relations today.

Moton: Longwood affiliation not yet finalized

Posted on February 5th, 2015 by staff

National Historic Landmark to retain independence, flexibility
On Wednesday, February 4, 2015, associate director for museum operations, Justin G. Reid, sat down to answer the six (6) most frequently asked questions regarding the “tarpaper shack” construction, executive director search, fundraising and proposed Longwood affiliation.

1.  Is the proposed Moton-Longwood affiliation a “done deal”?

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Why Farmville, Virginia, matters more after Ferguson

Posted on December 8th, 2014 by staff

“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 pray [VIDEO] with 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 strategies must reflect this complexity.

From Patrick Henry to Israel Hill, Sailors Creek to the Moton Student Strike, Farmville, Virginia, is a special place.  It’s where freedom grows.

We invite you to visit and join us.

Moton expansion underway

Posted on November 10th, 2014 by staff

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 21st century model 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 good prep space, 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.  A spring 2015 completion is anticipated.

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