Launch of the U.S. Civil Rights Trail

Two Virginia locations have been included with a newly-launched website for the U.S. Civil Rights Trail.

In partnership with Travel South USA, the U.S. Civil Rights Trail is a collection of more than 100 churches, courthouses, schools, museums and other landmarks primarily in the Southern states where activists challenged segregation in the 1950s and 1960s to advance social justice. Virginia locations include the Robert Russa Moton Museum in Farmville and the Civil Rights Memorial in Richmond.

The Robert Russa Moton Museum is the national center for the study of Civil Rights in Education. Formerly Robert Russa Moton High School, the museum was the site of the first non-violent student demonstration in 1951. This action led to the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education case before the U.S. Supreme Court that mandated equal education for all Americans, a hallmark in the civil rights movement. It was named a National Historic Landmark in 1998.

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