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Virginia Teachers Association Letter
August 23, 1963 the closing of the public schools in Prince Edward County in 1959 created quite a burden on the students, faculty, and parents. The VTA began along with other groups, various programs to reduce the impact of this disaster. By 1963 it appeared that the county would have to reopen the public schools
County School Board of Prince Edward County, Va., et al.
In 1951 students at the R.R. Moton High School carried out a protest against poor school conditions in Prince Edward County for African-American students. This protest led to a lawsuit which became a part of Brown v. Board of Education in Topeka, Kansas. The Supreme Court ruled in 1954 that segregated schools were unconstitutional and ordered the desegregation of public schools in the United States. In response in 1959 the Board of Education in Prince Edward County closed all of its public schools.

Program R.R. Moton Welcomes Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy
Members of the Kennedy Administration were the prime movers of the creation of the free school and the reopening of public schools in Prince Edward County. In May 1964 the board of trustees, faculty, students and communities in Prince Edward County invited Robert F. Kennedy to come and visit the free school.
Southside Schools, Inc
A group of Prince Edward County citizens organized for the “white” students a private school, known as the Prince Edward Academy. In order to support their case against desegregation this group attempted to establish an African-American private school. This appeal resulted with only one African-American student being enrolled.


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