The memorial to Barbara and the Moton Students was installed in July 2008 on the grounds of Virginia’s historic state capitol. Here is what the Official Tourism Website of the Commonwealth of Virginia website has to say about the monument:

"It could be said that Barbara Rose Johns is Virginia’s Rosa Parks. Unfortunately, very few people have ever heard the story of how this brave young 16-year-old caused a quiet revolution in the small town of Farmville, the ripples of which would be felt throughout the state and the nation for years to come."

Click here for a beautiful photograph of the monument.

Here is the Commonwealth of Virginia's official statement about the monument.

Preliminary artists sketches of the monument, courtesy of the Library of Virginia.


The artist had to imagine how Barbara would have looked from the few surviving photographs of her as a child.



The sign reads: THE LIGHT OF RECONCILIATION "Illuminated in the Courthouse Bell Tower on July 21, 2008 by the Board of Supervisors of Prince Edward County in honor of Barbara Rose Johns and the students of Robert Russa Moton High School and all the children of our county for their historic role in ending public school segregation in the United States, and with sorrow for closing the schools. When we raise our eyes to see this light, may we also incline our hearts and minds to shine our own light of reconciliation toward all people."


A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF THE COUNTY OF PRINCE EDWARD, VIRGINIA, begins with "WHEREAS, on April 23, 1951, students of Robert Russa Moton High School went on strike in protest of separate and unequal schools for African American Students in Prince Edward County," recounts the history of the strike and the closing of the schools, resolves that the supervisors regrets the past actions, and ends with, "BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that on July 21, 2008, the Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors will illuminate the Light of Reconciliation in the courthouse bell tower in honor of Barbara Rose Johns and the students of Robert Russa Moton High School, and all the children of our county, for their historic role in ending public school segregation it the United States . . ." See a larger version of the document.




In 2010, Virginia native artist, Louis Briel, painted this portrait, using a young girl as a model because of course, Barbara was no longer living, and there are so few pictures of her as a child. In the notes to this blog post, he talks about the painting of the portrait.

The portrait is displayed on the first floor in the Virginia Capitol building in Richmond, Virginia. Read the Moton Museum's account of the unveiling of the portrait.




The marker commemorating the students on the Moton High School Grounds.

Barbara's grave marker in the churchyard of Triumph Church in Darlington Heights.

















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