It is 67 miles from Farmville, Va. to a quiet plot of land in Eastern Henrico County. In between, stately pines stand at attention alongside rolling hills of green, and dusty gravel trails lead to nowhere in particular. The trip along this lonely highway is not a difficult one, nor remarkable. But for a six-year-old girl more than 40 years […]
In 1959, Prince Edward County, Va., closed its schools rather than integrate them. Many of the county’s black students would never attend school again. On the 50th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision that prompted that action, this is the story of the one Prince Edward student whose education continued in Henrico, and of the teachers responsible for bringing her here.