Farmville, Virginia high schools to 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.

Free Schools ‘Unbound’ 50th anniversary exhibition opens April 10 at j fergeson gallery

Posted on April 8th, 2014 by staff

Community art project tells local civil rights stories

From Longwood University:

Works related to the collaborative effort between Longwood University and the Moton Museum to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Prince Edward County Free Schools will be on exhibit April 10-26 at the j fergeson gallery in Farmville.

One item on display will be a limited-edition artist book featuring the stories of students affected by the closing of the Prince Edward County schools from 1959-64. Some of these students attended the Free Schools, which operated in 1963-64. Titled Unbound, the book is being created by two book artists, Longwood art faculty member Kerri Cushman and visiting artist Jessica Peterson, and a group of Longwood students… Continue reading.

Williams: Builder of civil-rights museum moves on to next challenge

Posted on April 8th, 2014 by staff

By Michael Paul Williams, Richmond Times-Dispatch


As executive director of the Robert Russa Moton Museum, Ward took one of the most discordant chapters in Virginia history — a tale of turmoil, triumph and lingering trauma — and somehow managed to cultivate common ground.

It’s an approach he’ll carry to his new job as executive director of The International Civil Rights Center & Museum in Greensboro, N.C., starting May 19. Continue reading.

Top civil rights, education leaders commemorate Prince Edward Free Schools, Mon, April 7th

Posted on April 6th, 2014 by staff

1963-1964 Kennedy Administration effort foreshadowed modern education reform movement

The Moton Museum and Longwood University invite the community to two free, public events on Monday, April 7th, commemorating the 50th anniversaries of the Prince Edward Free Schools and the Griffin v. Prince Edward Supreme Court decision.

Pictured (clockwise): Griffin, Rogers, Hill, Lhamon

7PM at Jarman Hall, Longwood
Join Longwood University president W. Taylor Reveley IV as he moderates an inspring panel featuring:

  • Leslie “Skip” Griffin Jr.Griffin plaintiff and son of Civil Rights leader and Farmville, Virginia, minister Rev. L. Francis Griffin Sr.
  • Dr. Oliver Hill Jr., Virginia State University psychologist and son of Civil Rights leader, Virginia attorney Oliver Hill Sr.
  • Catherine Lhamon, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education
  • Margot Rogers, former Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of Education, and Prince Edward County Public Schools graduate

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