The Moton Museum in Farmville, Virginia’s was the former Robert Russa Moton High School. Now a National Historic Landmark and museum, is the birthplace of America’s student-led civil rights revolution.
The Robert Russa Moton Museum is a repository for historically significant materials that record Prince Edward County’s 13-year struggle to achieve Civil Rights in Education. It features exhibits, online resources, and events that document the period of transition from segregation to integration of public education from 1951 to 1964.
The DOVE Project - Desegregation of Virginia Education - was created to find, catalog, and encourage the preservation of records that tell the story of Virginia's school desegregation process. Hosted by Old Dominion University Libraries, DOVE is a collaboration of universities, libraries, and community groups. Their website includes a detailed timeline from 1831 to 1988 chronicling school desegregation in Virginia, as well as access to a digital collection of oral histories.
On May 12, 2009, the U. S. Congress authorized a national initiative by passing The Civil Rights History Project Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-19). The law directed the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture to conduct a national survey of existing oral history collections with relevance to the Civil Rights movement to obtain justice, freedom and equality for African Americans and to record and make widely accessible new interviews with people who participated in the struggle. From 2010 to 2013, over one hundred interviews with one hundred thirty-nine participants were recorded in high-definition video. They are now available in their entirety as full-length video streams on the Library's site. The recollections of interviewees cover a wide variety of topics about the freedom struggle, such as the influence of organized labor, nonviolence and self-defense, and the importance of faith, music, family, and friendships. Actions and events discussed in the interviews include the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (1963), the Albany Movement (1961), the Freedom Rides (1961), the Selma to Montgomery Rights March (1965), the Orangeburg Massacre (1968), local sit-ins, voter registration drives in the South, and the murder of fourteen-year old Emmett Till in 1955.