Virginia – US Civil Rights Trail

Connect the early history of our country to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s when you visit Virginia. While the struggle to desegregate public schools was heating up across the country, one Virginia town was central to the fight. Discover Robert Russa Moton High School in Farmville, where 16-year-old Barbara Johns led a student walkout to protest the school’s subpar conditions, an event that eventually resulted in one of the lawsuits that made up the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case. See the historic Lewis F. Powell Jr. U.S. Courthouse in Richmond, originally constructed in 1858. Honor the past at the Virginia Civil Rights Memorial, which commemorates 18 civil rights leaders, including Johns. From the 1850s to the 1960s, Virginia was integral to the country’s civil rights story. Experience Virginia for yourself, and gain insight into this state’s place in our nation’s history.

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