Educator Resources

students on stage giving Civil Rights presentation

The Moton Story will take prominence statewide in a new way beginning with the 2018-2019 academic year. The Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) for history and social sciences were revised in 2015, and the 2018-19 academic year will be the first year of implementation at the statewide level.

Professional Development

Civil Rights history resources for educators includes professional development activities. Each summer the Moton Museum hosts professional development opportunities for teachers. Check here for summer dates, coming soon.

Additional Learning Resources

A treasury of online primary and secondary learning resources pertaining to the Moton School and the Civil Rights movement.

Book & Magazine Resources

They Closed Their Schools by Bob Smith

This book tells the 13-year civil rights history of Prince Edward County between 1951-1964. It is broken into three sections: Strike, Massive Resistance, and The Schools. This is the source that tells the most holistic version of the story. (Can be purchased through the museum)

Girl from the Tar Paper School by Teri Kanefield

This book describes the life of Barbara Johns and the student walkout of 1951. It also discusses topics in the periphery of the Moton School Story. Ideal for middle school age students and above.

Bound for Freedom An Educator’s Adventures’s in Prince Edward County, Virginia by Neil Sullivan
(Can be purchased online or through the museum)

Dr. Neil Sullivan organized the Prince Edward County Free Schools in 1963 in response to the PECPS closure. Dr. Sullivan shares his recollections of the time period and goes in-depth about the 1963-1964 Prince Edward County Free Schools year.

A little child shall lead them Edited by Brian J. Daugherity and Brian Grogan
(Can be purchased online or through the museum)

A documentary account of the struggle for school desegregation in Prince Edward County, Virginia. This text is a compilation of primary source documents, pictures, and study questions.

The Moton Museum – Longwood University Magazine Project

The magazine project is a collaboration between the Moton Museum and Longwood University. Each magazine has several stories from those who were locked out of schools between 1959 and 1964. (FREE and available upon request in limited quantities or digitally below)

Interview Resources – available upon request

If you wish we can arrange interviews with individuals who were a part of the student walkout of 1951 or students locked out of schools between 1959 and 1964 please contact [email protected] to make your request.

Website Resources

Virtual Exhibitions:

The Moton School Story: Children of Courage Virtual Exhibit 

Encyclopedia Virginia – Virtual Tour of the Moton Museum


PBS – Video segment from The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow(Prince Edward County Portion) 

PBS – The Future of America’s Past S2E4 No School

New American History – Educator Resources around No School episode


Encyclopedia Virginia – Moton Student Strike & Prince Edward County School Closings

New York Times – Overlooked Series (Barbara Johns Obituary)

Zinn Education Project

Congress of Racial Equality

Primary Sources:

In Their Own Words Digital Display: Oral histories of Civil Rights in Prince Edward County

Library of Virginia – Brown v. Board of Education

National Archives – Educator Resources – Davis v. Prince Edward County

Library of Congress – Using Primary Resources

Virginia Commonwealth University Digital Collections – Photos Prince Edward County Public Schools & Farmville 1963 Civil Rights Protests

Other Resources

Robert R. Moton High School and Prince Edward High School
Class Photographs 1951-1958, 1968, 1969, and 1973

Ways to Give to Moton

Any gift has the ability to make an impact that far exceeds its size. Together we can work to share the Moton Story and ensure that countless individuals know how Prince Edward County became the birthplace of the student-led civil rights movement.

2019 gifts helped us engage with more than 12,000 individuals via our onsite and offsite programming. Help us continue this important work with your gift. All donations are tax deductible.

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