Original Author: With Good Reason, a program of Virginia Humanities
Created: April 23, 2011

Personal Account of Massive Resistance

Larissa Smith Fergeson, a history professor at Longwood University in Farmville and the university's liaison to the Robert Russa Moton Museum, interviews Dorothy Lockett Holcomb, whose education was interrupted by the policy known as Massive Resistance. Holcomb was an elementary student in Prince Edward County who could not return to school in the autumn of 1959 when the county government closed its public schools rather than desegregate them. After two years of no education, her parents sent her to Carver-Price School in neighboring Appomattox County. This audio clip is an excerpt from an interview that originally aired on April 23, 2011, on With Good Reason, a radio program produced by Virginia Humanities and hosted by Sarah McConnell.