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Jan. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On
Thursday, February 21, at
7 p.m., the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar will present A Dream Deferred: The Prince Edward County School Closings.
In response to the Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. the Board of Education that segregated schools were unconstitutional, the Commonwealth of
Virginia began a policy of "Massive Resistance." When ordered on
May 1, 1959, to integrate its schools,
Prince Edward County instead closed its entire public school system for five years.
The program, presented in partnership with the
Farmville, VA-based Moton School Civil Rights Learning Center, will explore this extraordinary chapter in
Virginia's struggle for equal rights through those who lived it. Panelists will include
Dorothy Holcomb, and
Eunice Carwile. All were rising fifth graders when
Prince Edward County closed its public schools.
Carrington remained out of school for four years until the Kennedy Administration-backed Free Schools opened in 1963. Holcomb pretended to live in a dilapidated house in neighboring
Appomattox County so she could attend that county's public schools. Carwile's parents couldn't afford
Prince Edward County's newly established, whites-only private school system so her family was forced to relocate and start over.
The discussion will be moderated by
Justin Reid, Associate Director for Museum Operations, for the Moton School Civil Rights Learning Center. A National Historic Landmark, the Moton School honors the courage and sacrifice of
Prince Edward County, VA, students and families, and their leading role in moving America from segregation toward integration.
Seating for the free event is limited. Free parking is available on site. Registration at
www.tredegar.org is strongly encouraged.
The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar is the nation's first museum to interpret the Civil War from three essential perspectives – Union, Confederate, and African American. The Center opened in
October 2006 with the mission to tell the whole story of the conflict that still shapes our nation. Last year, the American Civil War Center, in partnership with the Richmond Battlefield Park of the National Park Service, was selected by the Richmond Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau to serve as the Richmond Region's Gateway to the Civil War. The Center is also part of the Smithsonian Institution Affiliations Program. For more information about the center, visit
www.tredegar.orgContact: Penelope Carrington Wallace The American Civil War Center (804) 780-1865 Ext. 21
SOURCE The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar