African American attorney Oliver White Hill Sr. helped end racial segregation in American public schools. Near here, he and fellow attorney Spottswood Robinson III met with parents and students to plan litigation over the deplorable conditions at R. R. Moton High School, the segregated black school. Rather than sue for equalization of facilities, the NAACP instead challenged the “separate but equal” doctrine itself in Davis v. School Board of Prince Edward County. After the Virginia Supreme Court decided against the plaintiffs, Davis was consolidated with other cases as U.S. Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education. This 1954 case found segregation to be unconstitutional in public schools.
Original Sponsor: Department of Historic Resources
Geographic Location: Prince Edward County
Physical Description of Location: Proposed Location - To be determined at time of DHR approval. Location on map is educated guess.
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