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Farmville in Prince Edward County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Martha E. Forrester

(1863 - 1951)

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, April 22, 2021
1. Martha E. Forrester Marker
Inscription.  Martha E. Forrester lived in this house. In 1920 she helped the Council of Colored Women to foster community uplift. As the organization's president for 31 years, she led its campaigns to improve educational opportunities for African American students in Prince Edward County, securing a longer school term and higher-level courses. She was instrumental in convincing the county to build its first high school for African Americans, which opened in 1939 and was named for educator Robert Russa Moton. The Martha E. Forrester Council of Women, renamed in her honor, later played a central role in establishing the Moton Museum to interpret the history of civil rights in education.
 
Erected 2017 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number I-26.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil RightsEducationWomen. A significant historical year for this entry is 1920.
 
Location. 37° 17.795′ N, 78° 23.845′ W. Marker is in Farmville, Virginia, in Prince Edward County. Marker is at the intersection
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By Devry Becker Jones, April 22, 2021
2. Martha E. Forrester Marker
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of Race Street and Franklin Street, on the right when traveling south on Race Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 501 Race St, Farmville VA 23901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Longwood College (approx. 0.2 miles away); Farmville Female Seminary Association (approx. 0.3 miles away); Robert Russa Moton High School Timeline (approx. 0.3 miles away); R.R. Moton High School (approx. 0.3 miles away); Four Sororities Founded (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Barbara Rose Johns (approx. 0.4 miles away); Confederate Veterans Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Farmville.
 
Additional keywords. First-wave Feminism; Womanist movement
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 25, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 24 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 25, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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