Civil Rights

Civil Rights Sites

Robert Russa Moton Museum

Historical Significance The efforts of African American students at Robert Russa Moton High School in Prince Edward County to achieve equal educational opportunities led to the end of legal segregation in the public schools of America. Built to…

Elks Club

Historical Significance The Elks Club is housed in an old stone structure on a lot once owned by the Evans family of Winchester. The Evans family operated a livery business and taxi service at the location on North Kent Street. Later the building…

Meadville Community Center, formerly the McKinley Institute

Historical Significance In 1893, Caleb Robinson (1864-1950s), a Jamaican-born and Virginia-educated professor at Virginia Union University in Richmond, created the McKinley Institute in the Meadville section of Halifax County. The Institute was…

Mount Pleasant

Historical Significance The meeting hall in the bottom of Mount Pleasant Lodge was the only place blacks could meet in Abingdon for special gatherings. African Americans worshiped in this building during the late 19th century. Physical…

Odd Fellows Hall

Historical Significance Black fraternal orders like the Odd Fellows (and similar organizations for women) were popular during the 19th century as places where blacks could hone their business and economic skills, as well as socialize. White Odd…