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

Barbara Rose Johns

(1935 - 1991)

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, April 22, 2021
1. Barbara Rose Johns Marker
Inscription.  Barbara Johns, civil rights pioneer, was born in New York and moved to her parents' native Prince Edward County as a child. In April 1951, at age 16, she led a student walkout to protest conditions at the segregated Robert Russa Moton High School, where facilities were vastly inferior to those at the county's white high school. The students, demanding a new school, sought aid from the Virginia NAACP, which insisted offered to represent them in a lawsuit seeking an end to segregation. Davis v. Prince Edward was the only student initiated case consolidated into Brown v. Board of Education (1954), in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that public school segregation was unconstitutional.
 
Erected 2020 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number M-39.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil RightsEducationWomen. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1951.
 
Location. 37° 17.473′ N, 78° 23.87′ W. Marker is in Farmville, Virginia, in Prince
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By Devry Becker Jones, April 22, 2021
2. Barbara Rose Johns Marker
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Edward County. Marker is on Griffin Boulevard 0.1 miles north of South Main Street (Business U.S. 15), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 900 Griffin Blvd, 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. Oliver White Hill Sr. (within shouting distance of this marker); 1951 Student Walk-Out (within shouting distance of this marker); R.R. Moton High School (within shouting distance of this marker); Robert Russa Moton High School (within shouting distance of this marker); Robert Russa Moton High School Timeline (within shouting distance of this marker); Martha E. Forrester (approx. 0.4 miles away); Longwood College (approx. 0.4 miles away); Farmville Female Seminary Association (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Farmville.
 
 
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 26 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 25, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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