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Moton, Robert Russa, High School

Farmville, Virginia
County of Prince Edward.
National Register Number: 95001177
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Education - school. The threat level was Satisfactory in
Congressional District: VA-5 Certified Local Government: NO

Statement of Significance (as of designation - August 5, 1998):
Constructed in 1939, this one-story brick school is nationally significant because of its association with the battle for desegregation of the nation's public schools. A 1951 student strike at the school led to a state district court case challenging desegregation in the county's schools. Although, on appeal, the U.S. Supreme court struck down the practice of maintaining "separate but equal" schools as unconstitutional (Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka), Prince Edward County became the focus of national attention as the most extreme example of massive resistance to integration, closing its public schools from 1959 to 1964 to avoid integrating them.

Rehabilitation still necessary.However, the structure is in good condition otherwise.

There are no changes to the landmark to report.

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