Are you tired of bookends yet? I know I am. So I’ll refrain from using that metaphor again.
However, I had 3 encounters that brought back that landmark decision wherein “separate but equal” was found to be the steaming pile of shite that it was. Rah! Rah!
So, my first encounter was in Farmville, Virginia at the Robert Russa Moton High School. Although it was closed when I drove through Farmville, a building in the back is painted in an informative way that gives you, dear reader, a good idea of how things happened. Apparently, the school was built for blacks, became quite crowded, but then empty. At no time did it qualify as “separate, but equal”.
Moton High School ended up being one of the schools included in the landmark lawsuit Brown v Board of Education of Topeka Kansas that found that separate was inherently equal.
Note: I had scheduled a visit to another school in the lawsuit, Howard High in Wilmington, DE, but found that it unduly added time to a long day. Had I had more confidence that I could do more than circle the building, I might have taken the extra 2 hours to drive up there.
The Virginia Civil Rights Memorial is right on the grounds of the state capitol and does a good job commemorating that event. Of course, it is a visual thing. It even has it’s own “shout out” to Moton High.