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Robert Russa Moton Museum, Farmville

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The Robert Russa Moton Museum (popularly known as the Moton Museum or Moton) is a historic site and museum in Farmville, Prince Edward County, Virginia. It is located in the former Robert Russa Moton High School, considered "the student birthplace of America's Civil Rights Movement" for its initial student strike and ultimate role in the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case desegregating public schools. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1998, and is now a museum dedicated to that history. The museum (and school) were named for African-American educator Robert Russa Moton.

The former Moton School is a single-story brick Colonial Revival building, built in 1939 in response to activism and legal challenges from the local African-American community and legal challenges from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). It houses six classrooms and an office arranged around a central auditorium. It had no cafeteria or restrooms for teachers. Built to handle 180 students, already by the 1940s it struggled to hold 450; the County, whose all-white board refused to appropriate funds for properly expanding the school facilities, built long temporary buildings to house the overflow. Covered with roofing material, they were called the "tar-paper shacks."
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  • Great museum. The old school where segregated education happened. Great storytelling about the brave people who fought segregated school. Well done timeline and chronological gallery‚Äôs. Must see  more »
  • This is a special place and will completely overwhelm you with knowledge of the students of the Farmville area and their plight to be integrated with other children. There is so much to learn and...  more »
  • Purely phenomenal! As a veteran educator, I truly believe all students should see this museum and hear the stories of these courageous students, who fought to get a quality education!! So many students today have no idea of what a privilege they have!! Well done, Moton Museum for helping to share this story! It needs to be told!!! We are living through another difficult time in this country where we need to be able to talk about race and have racial empathy and tolerance. I don't care what background my former students came from, all I wanted to do was show them love and educate them.
  • Did you know about Moton? Did you know that the civil rights movement received a spark from the Moton student walkout? Neither did I, and this museum may not be eye candy. However it is exceptional brain candy and educational. The museum Tour Guide has a passion in his voice that resonates throughout your soul. He speaks and presents each gallery, one feels as if this took place just last week. Its worth the time, and it will be a memory for you.

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