|Paula Martin Smith as a Young |
Girl During Virginia's Desegregation Era
In 1951, sixteen-year old Barbara Johns and other African-American students walked out of the Robert Russa Moton High School in Farmville to protest the school’s poor conditions. Their actions became part of the movement to desegregate public schools in the Unites States.
A new project, the DOVE project (Desegregation of Virginia Education) was created by Virginia AARP,
Old Dominion University and the Urban League of Hampton Roads, Inc. to identify, locate, catalog and encourage the preservation of records such as photographs and newspaper articles during the time of ’s desegregation process. The project also includes a traveling exhibit to various localities in the commonwealth to acquire oral histories. Virginia
In 2012, the exhibit toured locations in
Hampton, Richmond, Farmville, Lynchburg, Alexandria, the Eastern Shore and Roanoke to gather personal accounts and artifacts from the 1940s to the 1980s related to the desegregation of schools. Virginia
The DOVE team will be visiting
on Saturday, November 10 at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History. The public is invited to share photographs, documents, and memorabilia and to participate in oral history collecting. Danville
Please see the DOVE blog for more information and resources.