On April 23, 1951, in an event that foreshadowed
the coming Civil Rights Movement, Barbara Johns, a sixteen
year old African-American high school junior in Prince
Edward, and fellow student leaders, organized their
schoolmates in a boycott of their overcrowded and unsafe
high school in Farmville, the county seat. The strike,
which began as a demand for equality in separate educational
facilities quickly became a vital part of the growing
movement for integration in all public education.
The school was named for Robert R. Moton, a native
of the region, who rose to national prominence as an
educator and as the President of Tuskegee University,
following Booker T. Washington. In 1998 the former
high school building was designated a National Historic
Landmark by the United States Secretary of the Interior.
The Robert R. Moton Museum opened on April 23, 2001
on the 50th anniversary of the student school strike.
Please visit and support the Robert
R. Moton Museum.