Virginia Civil Rights Memorial

Virginia Civil Rights Memorial (HMGT6)

Location: Richmond, VA 23219
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 32.341', W 77° 25.96'

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On April 23, 1951, 16-year-old Barbara Johns and several fellow students led a strike to protest the deplorable conditions at their racially segregated Prince Edward County school. The Rev. L. Francis Griffin united parents in support of the strike and encouraged the students to contact NAACP attorneys Oliver Hill and Spottswood Robinson. The lawsuit that followed was brought before the U.S. Supreme Court and joined with four other cases as Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka (1954), in which the Court ruled that racially separate educational systems are inherently unequal and unconstitutional.

This memorial is dedicated to these Virginians and countless others who courageously fought for the principles upon which the nation and this Commonwealth were founded.
HM NumberHMGT6
Year Placed2008
Placed ByCapitol Square Civil Rights Memorial Foundation
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 1:37am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 285071 N 4157450
Decimal Degrees37.53901667, -77.43266667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 32.341', W 77° 25.96'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 32' 20.46" N, 77° 25' 57.60" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 201-211 N 11th St, Richmond VA 23219, US
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