The Robert Russa Moton High School, now the Moton Museum, is located in Farmville, Prince Edward County, Virginia. It is Virginia's only civil rights National Historic Landmark. Moton students played a national role in moving America from a segregated to a more integrated society. On April 23, 1951, Moton students, led by junior Barbara Johns, walked out in protest of the inadequate and overcrowded school facilities they faced. Their strike resulted in a court case that the Supreme Court bundled together with cases from four other localities in its landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954. To learn more, visit the museum or visit http://www.motonmuseum.org/
This site makes available and searchable a collection of class photographs from Moton High School and what was later renamed Prince Edward County High School. The photographs feature the classes of 1951 - 1958, prior to the county-wide school closings that lasted from 1959-1964. It also features class photographs from 1968, 1969, and 1973.
Click on the "Browse Collections" tab above to view images by class year, by faculty and staff, or by composite images. One can also search each year by individual or family name. Using the search box above, one can search all of the class years by an individual or family name.
The photographs are in the Collection of the Moton Museum. This website was created in collaboration with students and faculty in the Department of History, Longwood University. For questions about the site or about the use of these photographs for other than personal use, please contact Larissa Fergeson, professor of history and Moton Museum university liaison, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This website is a work in progress. More features, such as the ability to comment, will be added soon.