In the early 1950s, a little girl in Topeka, Kansas named Linda Brown, rode the bus to school daily. Each day, she had to ride five miles to her regular school although another public school was located only four blocks from her home. That school was not full. Linda met all of the requirements to attend that school – all but one that is. Linda was black and blacks were not allowed to go to white children’s schools. Thus, the battle began that would eventually overturn the Plessy v. Ferguson notion of separate but equal.


Primary sources located at VSU which can be used for the study of the struggle about school desegregation in Prince Edward County, Virginia.

This exhibit explores some of the history of education for African Americans in Prince Edward County, Virginia.


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