Title: Something Must Be Done about Prince Edward County: A Family, A Virginia Town, A Civil Rights Struggle
Author: Kristen Green
Release Date: June 9, 2015
Genre: Nonfiction, History
Kristen Green was born and raised in Farmville, Virginia, and for a long time, she didn’t give a lot of thought to her local history. But as she grew into adulthood, moved away, and pursued a degree in journalism, she began to look into Farmville’s history, and specifically, the decision to close the public schools rather than integrate after the Brown Supreme Court decision (most white students were sent to a private school). Green looks at the reasons behind the decision, the people involved, and the harm it did to Farmville’s black residents.
“In 1959, faced with a federal court order to desegregate the schools, Prince Edward County’s civic leaders refused to fund public education. They locked the doors of the public schools instead.”