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Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Virginia Civil Rights Memorial

 
 
Virginia Civil Rights Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, December 9, 2009
1. Virginia Civil Rights Memorial Marker
Inscription. On April 23, 1951, 16-year-old Barbara Johns and several fellow students led a strike to protest the deplorable conditions at their racially segregated Prince Edward County school. The Rev. L. Francis Griffin united parents in support of the strike and encouraged the students to contact NAACP attorneys Oliver Hill and Spottswood Robinson. The lawsuit that followed was brought before the U.S. Supreme Court and joined with four other cases as Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka (1954), in which the Court ruled that racially separate educational systems are inherently unequal and unconstitutional.

This memorial is dedicated to these Virginians and countless others who courageously fought for the principles upon which the nation and this Commonwealth were founded.
 
Erected 2008 by Capitol Square Civil Rights Memorial Foundation.
 
Location. 37° 32.341′ N, 77° 25.96′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker can be reached from North 11th Street near Capitol Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23219, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Tyler (a few steps from this marker); Virginia’s Executive Mansion
Virginia Civil Rights Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, December 9, 2009
2. Virginia Civil Rights Memorial
(within shouting distance of this marker); Hunter Holmes McGuire, M.D. (within shouting distance of this marker); The Executive Mansion of Virginia (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas J. Jackson, General CSA (within shouting distance of this marker); Loving v. Virginia (within shouting distance of this marker); William Smith (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Governor Edmund Randolph (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
Also see . . .
1. Capitol Square Civil Rights Memorial Foundation. (Submitted on December 9, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Robert Russa Moton Museum. Site of the R.R. Moton High School walkout in 1951, considered the beginning of the modern Civil Rights movement. (Submitted on December 9, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
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Virginia Civil Rights Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, December 9, 2009
3. Virginia Civil Rights Memorial
"It seemed like reaching for the moon." Barbara Johns
Oliver Hill and Spottswood Robinson image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, December 9, 2009
4. Oliver Hill and Spottswood Robinson
Virginia Civil Rights Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, December 9, 2009
5. Virginia Civil Rights Memorial
“The legal system can force open doors and sometimes even knock down walls, but it cannot build bridges. That job belongs to you and me." Thurgood Marshall
The Rev. L. Francis Griffin image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, December 9, 2009
6. The Rev. L. Francis Griffin
Civil Rights Memorial at the Virginia State Capitol image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, December 9, 2009
7. Civil Rights Memorial at the Virginia State Capitol
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 9, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,164 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on December 9, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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