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

Prince Edward State Park for Negroes

 
 
Prince Edward State Park for Negroes Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 18, 2010
1. Prince Edward State Park for Negroes Marker
Inscription. Prince Edward State Park for Negroes was established in 1950 one mile west on the site of the former Prince Edward Lake Recreation Area for Negroes. Maceo C. Martin, an African American from Danville, sued the state when he was denied access to Staunton River State Park. Governor William M. Tuck funded the new park to provide "similar and equal" facilities in lieu of access. The park, with a black superintendent, was operated separately from neighboring Goodwin Lake Recreation Area until the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The two parks merged in 1986 to form Twin Lakes State Park.
 
Erected 1995 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number M-23.)
 
Location. 37° 10.198′ N, 78° 15.004′ W. Marker is near Burkeville, Virginia, in Prince Edward County. Marker is at the intersection of Patrick Henry Highway (U.S. 360) and Twin Lakes Road (County Route 621), on the right when traveling west on Patrick Henry Highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Burkeville VA 23922, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Prince Edward County / Nottoway County (approx. 1.1 miles away); Burkeville Junction (approx. 2.9
Patrick Henry Hwy & Twin Lakes Rd (facing west) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 18, 2010
2. Patrick Henry Hwy & Twin Lakes Rd (facing west)
miles away); Burkeville (approx. 2.9 miles away); a different marker also named Burkeville Junction (approx. 2.9 miles away); Wilson-Kautz Raid (approx. 2.9 miles away); Ingleside Training Institute (approx. 3.2 miles away); Old Nottoway Meeting House (approx. 3.9 miles away); a different marker also named Prince Edward County / Nottoway County (approx. 3.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Burkeville.
 
Also see . . .
1. A Journey through Black History at Twin Lakes State Park. Virginia Outdoors (Submitted on May 23, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Twin Lakes State Park (pdf file). National Register of Historic Places (Submitted on May 23, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. 20th CenturyAfrican AmericansCivil Rights
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 23, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 732 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 23, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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