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Moton, First Baptist to commemorate Moton Strike

FARMVILLE — The Moton Museum and First Baptist Church of Farmville will hold a special Johns-Griffin Day commemoration of the 65th anniversary of the 1951 Moton Student Strike. The program is set for Sunday, April 24, from 3-4:30 p.m., at the historic First Baptist Church, located in downtown Farmville at the corner of Fourth and Main streets.

“The Rev. J. Samuel Williams Jr., president of the Moton High School Class of 1952, civil rights activist and pastor of Levi Baptist Church, will deliver this year’s keynote,” according to the museum release.

“The event, named in honor of civil rights leaders Barbara Johns Powell and the Rev. L. Francis Griffin Sr., commemorates the April 23, 1951, Moton High School student strike in Farmville, Prince Edward County,” the release stated.

“It was inside the First Baptist Church that Moton students and families formally joined the NAACP legal campaign to end school segregation. These local families ultimately comprised 75 percent of the plaintiffs in the Supreme Court’s landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision outlawing segregated public schools.”

The public is invited to attend.