Original Author:Richmond Times-Dispatch staff photographer
Created: January 1, 1959
Richmond Protest March
A group of about 800 protesters march in the rain to the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond on January 1, 1959, to demand the reopening of public schools in the state. After reaching the Capitol, protesters passed a resolution urging state legislators to appoint a biracial commission to find a solution to the school crisis. Civil rights activist Reverend Wyatt Tee Walker was quoted as saying that the protesters were "just as concerned about 13,000 white children being locked out of school as they are about segregated schools."