Exhibit features Farmville protest photos

Published 12:54 pm Tuesday, May 31, 2016

RICHMOND — Photos of a civil rights protest in Farmville are part of a new exhibit at the Supreme Court of Virginia.

According to Virginia Commonwealth University, “Bringing Down Jim Crow: the Legal Battle in Virginia, 1933-1967” is a display of eight photographs related to Virginia lawsuits that were important to the history of civil rights in the United States.

“The Farmville protests took place a year before the Supreme Court held that school closings were unconstitutional in Griffin v. County School Board of Prince Edward County,” the release stated.

“Bringing Down Jim Crow” is one of three new exhibits that Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons has envisioned to share the court’s history and to welcome school children, civic groups and tourists into the Supreme Court of Virginia, according to the release.

Since the building is only open when court is in session, visitors who want to see the exhibit should make an appointment by calling the law library at (804) 786-2075. The library is open Monday-Friday, 8:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

The Supreme Court of Virginia is located at 100 N. 9th St., Richmond.