The Moton Museum is housed in the former Robert Russa Moton High School, which served as the high school for African Americans during segregation and is now a National Historic Landmark. It is here in 1951 that students went on strike in protest of the overcrowded and inadequate facilities they faced. Their experience is part of the story of African American segregation in the United States and especially in Prince Edward County.
Their action resulted in a court case, Davis v. County School Board of Prince Edward County, which became part of the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.
The Museum’s permanent exhibition, The Moton School Story: Children of Courage, opened in April 2013. In six galleries, the exhibit guides the visitor through Prince Edward County, Virginia’s extended struggle for civil rights in education from 1951 to 1964.
The Moton Museum offers a variety of educational experiences across multiple disciplines, from lesson plans to project-based learning activities. We offer three different categories of experience that can be tailored to fit the needs of your students.
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Contact Cainan Townsend to design your museum experience. Or you can always visit us at 900 Griffin Blvd, Farmville, VA 23901. We are open for self-guided tours Monday-Saturday from noon-4 p.m.