Farmville Protests of 1963

Document Type

Encyclopedia Entry

Original Publication Date


Journal/Book/Conference Title

Encyclopedia Virginia

Date of Submission

February 2020


The Farmville civil rights demonstrations began late in July 1963, when the Reverend L. Francis Griffin organized a direct-action campaign to, as he told reporters, "protest closed schools, delay in the courts, and segregation in its totality." Public schools in Prince Edward County and its county seat, Farmville, had been closed since June 1959, when county officials refused to levy taxes to operate schools rather than follow federal court orders to desegregate.

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