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    Brown v. Board of Education

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Farmville, Virginia

One of the few public high schools available to African Americans in the state was Robert Russa Moton High School in Prince Edward County. Built in 1943, it was never large enough to accommodate its student population. Eventually, hastily constructed tar-paper-covered buildings were added as classrooms. The gross inadequacies of these classrooms sparked a student strike in 1951. Organized by sixteen-year-old Barbara Johns, the students initially sought to acquire a new building with indoor plumbing. The NAACP soon joined their struggles and challenged the inferior quality of their school facilities in court. Although the U.S. District Court ordered that the plaintiffs be provided with equal school facilities, they were denied access to the white schools in their area. This class action case was named for Dorothy Davis.

Information courtesy of the Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence and Research.

 
Robert Russa Moton High School

Robert Russa Moton High School

National Park Service

National Historic Landmark designation

On August 31, 1998, Robert Russa Moton High School achieved National Historic Landmark designation for its significance to the Brown v. Board of Education U.S. Supreme Court case.

For more information about Robert Russa Moton High School, please visit the following links:

http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/travel/civilrights/v1.htm

http://motonmuseum.org

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Thurgood Marshall

The Brown case was initiated and organized by the NAACP under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall.--Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site More...