Longwood President W. Taylor Reveley, IV shared the following email with members of the Moton Council, trustees, and volunteers on Monday:
Dear friends of the Moton Museum,
It’s been an exciting time for Moton, with the Museum having enjoyed such powerful national attention during the U.S. Vice Presidential Debate. It is a splendid example of what Moton and Longwood can achieve together as we plan for the future, continuing the search and planning process that has progressed since the partnership began between the Museum and the University, and I have good news in that regard.
Beginning in January 2017, Dr. Amy Tillerson-Brown will become formally affiliated with Moton as a senior fellow and strategic consultant — and we trust her involvement with Moton grows even more in time to come. Dr. Tillerson-Brown, a Prince Edward County native, is an associate professor of history at Mary Baldwin University in Staunton. Her research focuses on the activism of Prince Edward County’s African American women during the Jim Crow and Civil Rights eras. Dr. Tillerson-Brown will lend her academic and community expertise to the Museum, as well as help develop the Museum’s next strategic plan, which will carry it through 2021, the 70th anniversary of the Moton School strike.
Beginning also in January, Cameron Patterson will join the Moton staff as managing director for the Museum, providing staff management of day-to-day operations. He is a native of Lynchburg and a 2010 graduate of Longwood, where he majored in history and became keenly interested in the Moton story. Since graduation, he has invested both in Longwood and the Farmville community. He is a former president of the Farmville Jaycees and active in the Chamber of Commerce. He has worked in Longwood’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion and in his current Longwood position serves as the Program Coordinator in the Office of Disability Resources. He brings budget and managerial experience, a talent for working with a variety of stakeholders, as well as a passion for working with community members to tell the Moton story to a broad audience.
Patterson joins the Museum’s current full-time staff members Cainan Townsend, interim director of education and public programs, and Sherré Atkins, guest services coordinator, who oversees group reservations and the museum’s bookstore.
Going forward, Dr. Larissa Fergeson, Associate Provost and professor of history at Longwood, will continue her instrumental role as liaison between the Museum and the University and as resident historian. She is one of Longwood’s key leaders, and we are all so fortunate that she believes so deeply in Moton and has devoted herself to the success of the Museum so selflessly.
I believe deeply in Moton too, and believe the Moton story is more important for America today than ever. I am also so grateful especially to my dear friends Joy Cabarrus Speakes and Dorothy Holcomb — we have done so much thinking and planning together for the future of the Museum, and the future is so bright.
In the spirit of the season, and with my best regards,
Dr. Amy Tillerson-Brown and Mr. Cameron Patterson at the Moton Holiday Social on Monday, December 12.