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Civil Rights: The Queens College Student Help Project

JSTOR Community Collections Initiative is an open access resource that has digitized photographs, yearbooks, and other materials from the Queens College Special Collections and Archives. These include digitized images related to the Virginia Student Help Project.

Click on an image to learn more about it on the Queens College JSTOR Community Collections site.


Photographs displayed below are part of the Phyllis Padow-Sederbaum Papers (SCA-0056). These items are protected by copyright and/or related rights. Researchers may not cite or use correspondence or photographs without written permission from Phyllis Padow-Sederbaum. For more information contact Queens College Special Collections and Archives at QC.archives@qc.cuny.edu.

Local Demonstrations in Farmville during the summer of 1963

Junior NAACP activists sit-in during a local demonstration.

Junior NAACP activists sit-in during a local demonstration. The segregated movie theater is visible in the background.

Reverend Goodwin Douglas laughing.

Reverend Goodwin Douglas was a key organizer for youth participation in local demonstrations.

Junior NAACP activists gathered hand-in-hand in a circle during the demonstration. 

Junior NAACP activists gathered hand-in-hand in a circle during the demonstration. 

Junior NAACP activists listen to Reverend Douglas during a sit-in.

Reverend Douglas speaks to a group of Junior NAACP activists during the sit-in.

Junior NAACP activists march at a segregated movie theater in Farmville, Virginia.

Junior NAACP activists march at a segregated movie theater in Farmville, Virginia.

Members of the Junior NAACP sit-in at a demonstration.

Members of the Junior NAACP sit-in at a demonstration in front of a segregated movie theater on Main Street in Farmville, Virginia.

Local Farmville residents and Student Help Project volunteers enjoying a day at the Prince Edward Lake

Image of the Prince Edward Lake.

The “Prince Edward State Park for Negroes” (as it was then known) was established as a "separate but equal" facility in 1950 in the wake of a lawsuit by Maceo C. Martin, who challenged Virginia’s policy of providing state parks for whites only. 

Playing guitar at Prince Edward Lake, Virginia

Playing guitar at Prince Edward Lake, Virginia.

Stan Shaw, unidentified child and Dr. Rachel Weddington at Prince Edward Lake.

Stan Shaw and Dr. Rachel Weddington with an unidentified child at Prince Edward Lake.

Student Help Project volunteer and local community members lunch at the Prince Edward Lake.

United Federation of Teachers (UFT) volunteers, Jo Davis (left) and Myron Wisotsky (right) with Spottswood Robinson, a lifeguard (center) at the lake. 

Student Help Project volunteers and local community members at the Prince Edward Lake.