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

High Bridge Trail State Park

Elam Crossing

 
 
High Bridge Trail State Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 18, 2010
1. High Bridge Trail State Park Marker
Inscription. To the five who lost their lives on March 13, 1951, "...we feel joy that those precious and so dear were allowed to stop by here, even so briefly..."
G.L. Brooks, "Gone But Not Forgotten," 2009

On March 13, 1951, five African American children from the Prospect area lost their lives while riding a second-hand school bus from Robert Russa Moton High School. The rear end of the bus was hit by a Norfolk and Western train at Elam crossing. This tragic accident occurred approximately one month before the student's walk-out at R.R. Moton High School, Farmville, Virginia.

The fog and driving rain obscured the view of the train, which was running fifty minutes behind schedule. The students saw its dim light after the bus made its precautionary stop and had begun to proceed across the tracks. The children screamed and some ran toward the front of the bus; the train hit the rear of the bus, splitting it open; of the twenty-three riders, some were thrown off, ten were taken to the hospital, and one was retained overnight. Five children lost their lives at the site.

Winfield Paige, 14
"eager ambitious"
The Motonian, 1951

Naomi Hendricks, 18
"chearful, ambitious"
The Motonian, 1951

Dodson Hendricks, 15
"quiet, sincere"
The Motonian, 1951

Christine Hendricks, 18
"outgoing, pleasant"
The
Marker Along the High Bridge Railroad Trail image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 18, 2010
2. Marker Along the High Bridge Railroad Trail
Motonian, 1951

Hettie Dungee, 17
"friendly, honor student"
The Motonian, 1951
 
Location. 37° 17.048′ N, 78° 37.023′ W. Marker is near Prospect, Virginia, in Prince Edward County. Marker is at the intersection of County Route 657 and Prince Edward Highway (U.S. 460), on the right when traveling north on County Route 657. Touch for map. Located along the High Bridge railroad trail, on the old railroad bed. Marker is in this post office area: Prospect VA 23960, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sulphur Spring Baptist Church (approx. 1.7 miles away); Appomattox County / Prince Edward County (approx. 3.7 miles away); Clay Smoking Pipes (approx. 3.9 miles away); Vernon Johns (approx. 6.5 miles away); About Hampden-Sydney College (approx. 9 miles away); Hampden-Sydney College (approx. 9 miles away); Hampden-Sydney (approx. 9 miles away); Presbyterian Seminary (approx. 9.1 miles away).
 
Categories. African AmericansRailroads & Streetcars
 
Old Railroad Bed image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 18, 2010
3. Old Railroad Bed
It is unclear if the road crossing here is that mentioned on the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 11, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 757 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 11, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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