The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Prince Edward County (Free School) papers
Repository: Virginia State University. Special Collections and Archives
Collection Description (CRHP): This collection includes audio recordings of meetings.
Collection Description (Extant): Between the years 1959 and 1963, there were no public schools in Prince Edward County, Virginia. After five long years the County and State allowed Prince Edward's schools to reopen. Because the black children in the county had no school during this period of time (the white students attended an all white academy) it was thought best to organize a free school which would pave the way for hundreds of young children to return to school after a five year absence. The Prince Edward County, Virginia (free school) papers are the records of that effort. The papers contain correspondence, reports, photographs and other items, which document this sad period in Virginia History.
Digital Status: No
Existing IDs: Acc. #1969-38
Extent: ca 50,000 items
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
African American students--Virginia
Prince Edward County (Va.)
School integration--Massive resistance movement
Segregation in education--Virginia--Prince Edward County
Virginia--Politics and government