Let’s make the walking tour a reality for all

Published 12:26 pm Thursday, March 3, 2016

The entire Farmville community should put its best foot forward in united support of the proposed Civil Rights Walking Tour, one that would commemorate our town’s rich history.

The tour would include civil rights sites in downtown Farmville and connect the Moton Museum, downtown Farmville and Longwood University, according to project leaders.

This walking tour, highlighting our history of civil rights and great progress we’ve made together, will do more than unite three vital parts of our community — it will bring people together for the great cause of reflecting on our collective past and our achievements.

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The diversity of those who attended the first forum for the planned walking tour reflects the unity this great idea has already garnered.

“It’s important for the community to be included in this process,” said the museum’s Justin Reid during the event, “because this is a story that’s touched so many lives, and we want to make sure that as many people as possible get to have that input.”

The success of the walking tour is dependent on the support the community gives it.

“You drive right by your history and you don’t even know it,” Diane Joyner said during the event. “I think it’s an excellent idea, because there’s a lot of history here that’s currently not being told and this is an excellent way to get it told to all that are interested.”

We agree with her. But it’s going to more than just the support of Joyner, Reid and a handful of other people to make this idea come to fruition.

It’s going to take all of us to make it happen.