Original Author: Stanley Bleifield, sculptor; Travis, photographer
Created: July 2008, monument unveiling; March 26, 2011, photograph
Medium: Public monument
Civil Rights Memorial in Richmond
Barbara Johns, a young Black civil rights protester, steps forward with her arm raised at the center of a section of the Civil Rights Memorial located on the grounds of the Virginia State Capitol. At the age of sixteen, Johns conceived and led a student walkout at the all-Black Robert Russa Moton High School in Farmville to protest the inadequate facilities and opportunities at the segregated school. Behind her stand members of the Black community, including children, a man in overalls, educators, and another student at far right holding a banner for the Moton high school. The entire group stands beneath a quote from Johns about the protest she led: "It seemed like reaching for the moon."