Building in Richmond to be named after Barbara Johns

Moton Community Celebrates Naming of Richmond Building for Civil Rights Hero Barbara Johns

Farmville—Moton Museum officials commended Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s announcement to name a renovated Richmond state government office building for civil rights hero and Farmville icon Barbara Johns.

Moton Museum, Virginia’s only civil rights National Historic Landmark, is the site of the 1951 student walkout led by then sixteen-year-old Johns to protest overcrowded and inadequate facilities at their segregated school. The bold action resulted in a court case that the Supreme Court decided as part of its 1954 landmark decision Brown v. Board of Education, which declared segregation in education unconstitutional.

“Governor McAuliffe’s announcement acknowledges the statewide and national importance Johns and her fellow Moton students played in expanding equality for all Americans,” said Cameron Patterson, managing director of the Moton Museum. “Their action reveals the capacity of young people to use the tools of our democracy to make extraordinary change.”

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