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1963 Protests in Farmville

Sit-in Near First Baptist Church Farmville

Protestors, most of them students, stage a sit-in outside First Baptist Church in Farmville on August 10,1963. The event took place after police roped off Main Street to prevent the demonstrators from marching.

Original Author: Unknown

Created: August 10, 1963

Medium: Photograph

Courtesy of James Branch Cabell Library, Special Collections and Archives, VCU Libraries

Students Seated at Lunch Counter in Farmville

White patrons eat their food at a lunch counter in Farmville while the blacks seated next to them are refused service. Store management put up the sign "Fountain is Closed" where the African Americans were sitting. This event took place in July 1963, when blacks in Farmville were protesting racial discrimination in local businesses.

Original Author: Unknown

Created: July 1963

Medium: Photograph

Courtesy of James Branch Cabell Library, Special Collections and Archives, VCU Libraries

Protesting School Closings in Farmville

On July 29, 1963, a Farmville student demonstrates on Main Street to protest the long-term disruption of his education. In June 1959 the Prince Edward County school board closed all the public schools in the county rather than desegrate them. A U.S. Supreme Court ruling in May 1964 finally forced the public schools in the county to reopen after five years.

Original Author: Unknown

Created: July 29, 1963

Medium: Photograph

Courtesy of James Branch Cabell Library, Special Collections and Archives, VCU Libraries

Protest at a Movie Theater

On August 16, 1963, an African American woman is turned away from the box office at the segregated State Theater in Farmville. During the summer of 1963, protesters picketed the movie theater as part of the campaign against segregation in Farmville.

Original Author: Unknown

Created: August 16, 1963

Medium: Photograph

Courtesy of James Branch Cabell Library, Special Collections and Archives, VCU Libraries

Students Protesters Outside State Theater in Farmville

Policemen look on as student protesters march in front of State Theater, Farmville's segregated movie theater, on August 16, 1963. After African American demonstrators attempted to purchase tickets and were turned away, the management placed a handmade sign in the box office that read, "In Answer To All Questions --- We Reserve The Right To Refuse The Sales Of Tickets To Any Person."

Original Author: Unknown

Created: August, 16, 1963

Medium: Photograph

Courtesy of James Branch Cabell Library, Special Collections and Archives, VCU Libraries

Protesting a Segregated Theater

Demonstrators protest outside State Theater, Farmville's segregated movie theater, in July 1963, as part of a local direct-action campaign against racial discrimination.

Original Author: Unknown

Created: July 1963

Medium: Photograph

Courtesy of James Branch Cabell Library, Special Collections and Archives, VCU Libraries

Protesting Segregated Businesses in Farmville

Demonstrators picket in front of Safeway grocery and W. T. Grant variety store in Farmville on August 24, 1963. With their handmade signs, the protesters urge local shoppers not to patronize segregated businesses.

Original Author: Unknown

Created: August 24, 1963

Medium: Photograph

Courtesy of James Branch Cabell Library, Special Collections and Archives, VCU Libraries

Protesters Urge an Economic Boycott

A student protester on Main Street in Farmville carries a handmade sign that urges an economic boycott of businesses that segregate. The protesters have just passed the Southside Sundry, a store on Main Street with a luncheonette that refused to serve black customers. Southside Sundry was among the businesses targeted in the summer of 1963 during the local direct-action campaign to protest racial discrimination.

Original Author: Unknown

Created: July 1963

Medium: Photograph

Courtesy of James Branch Cabell Library, Special Collections and Archives, VCU Libraries

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  • Students Seated at Lunch Counter in Farmville

    White patrons eat their food at a lunch counter in Farmville while the blacks seated next to them are refused service. Store management put up the sign "Fountain is Closed" where the African Americans were sitting. This event took place in July 1963, when blacks in Farmville were protesting racial discrimination in local businesses.

    Original Author: Unknown

    Created: July 1963

    Medium: Photograph

    Courtesy of James Branch Cabell Library, Special Collections and Archives, VCU Libraries

  • Protesting School Closings in Farmville

    On July 29, 1963, a Farmville student demonstrates on Main Street to protest the long-term disruption of his education. In June 1959 the Prince Edward County school board closed all the public schools in the county rather than desegrate them. A U.S. Supreme Court ruling in May 1964 finally forced the public schools in the county to reopen after five years.

    Original Author: Unknown

    Created: July 29, 1963

    Medium: Photograph

    Courtesy of James Branch Cabell Library, Special Collections and Archives, VCU Libraries

  • Students Protesters Outside State Theater in Farmville

    Policemen look on as student protesters march in front of State Theater, Farmville's segregated movie theater, on August 16, 1963. After African American demonstrators attempted to purchase tickets and were turned away, the management placed a handmade sign in the box office that read, "In Answer To All Questions --- We Reserve The Right To Refuse The Sales Of Tickets To Any Person."

    Original Author: Unknown

    Created: August, 16, 1963

    Medium: Photograph

    Courtesy of James Branch Cabell Library, Special Collections and Archives, VCU Libraries

  • Protesters Urge an Economic Boycott

    A student protester on Main Street in Farmville carries a handmade sign that urges an economic boycott of businesses that segregate. The protesters have just passed the Southside Sundry, a store on Main Street with a luncheonette that refused to serve black customers. Southside Sundry was among the businesses targeted in the summer of 1963 during the local direct-action campaign to protest racial discrimination.

    Original Author: Unknown

    Created: July 1963

    Medium: Photograph

    Courtesy of James Branch Cabell Library, Special Collections and Archives, VCU Libraries