A National Historic Landmark, the Moton Museum honors the courage and sacrifice of Prince Edward County, Virginia students and families, and their leading role in moving America from segregation toward integration.
Kick off the holiday season at the Moton Museum, Monday, December 9th, from 5:30 to 7:30PM! The Moton Council invites you to join them for great food, music and fellowship at its annual Holiday Social & Open House.
This free event is open to the community and includes free tours and a Prince Edward County Elementary School holiday art exhibition. All are welcome.
First woman to lead storied NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Over 500 guests attended the 3rd Annual Moton Community Banquet onThursday, October 17th at Hampden-Sydney College’s Kirby Field House.
The Moton Museum, along with Title Sponsors Centra Southside Community Hospital, Wells Fargo and Prince Edward County, were honored to welcome Elaine Jones, the first female President and Director-Counsel of the renowned NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund (LDF). Founded in 1940 by NAACP attorney and later U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, the LDF is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law firm. From 1951 to 1964, Prince Edward County students and families, backed by LDF attorneys, courageously led the nation in the fight for integrated schools.
Churches unite in honor of unsung student Civil Rights heroes
Student demonstrators in Downtown Farmville, Virginia, July 1963. Photo courtesy of The Richmond Times-Dispatch.
On Sunday, July 28th, 1963, just one month before the March on Washington and Dr. King’s I Have A Dream speech, nearly two dozen young people were arrested for attempting to desegregate Downtown Farmville churches. Fifty years to the date, these churches — now integrated — will come together in honor of these unsung local Civil Rights heroes.
Farmville Baptist, Farmville United Methodist, First Baptist and Johns Memorial Episcopal churches, along with the Moton Museum, Farmville Police and the Town of Farmville, invite the entire community to join them for a Kneel-In 50th Anniversary March on Sunday, July 28th, 2013, beginning at 3:00 p.m. inside First Baptist Church on Main Street.
New Civil Rights exhibition explores origin and aftermath of ‘Brown v. Board’
Painting courtesy of Prince Edward Co. Elementary School students (Grades Pre-K – 4) and Art teacher Carol Edmondson.
Before the sit-ins in Greensboro, before the Montgomery bus boycott, there was the 1951 Moton Student Strike in Farmville, Virginia. The 13-year battle to desegregate Prince Edward County’s public schools would reshape the nation and the future of American education. Beginning April 29th, 2013, “The Moton School Story: Children of Courage” will share this history with the world.