Original Author: Unknown
Created: ca. 1951
Medium: Photograph

Exterior of the All-Black Robert Russa Moton High School

This circa 1951 photograph shows the exterior of the all-Black Robert Russa Moton High School in Farmville. The original structure, built in 1939, was designed to hold 180 students, but by the late 1940s the school had about two-and-a-half times that number of students. To accommodate the overflow, the county school district built temporary structures like the flimsy tar-paper-covered building at right. This was one of several photographs entered by the plaintiffs in the landmark civil rights case Davis v. County School Board of Prince Edward County to demonstrate the unequal facilities between the all-white Farmville High School and the all-Black Moton School.