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A documentary film about the public school closings from 1959-1964 and its aftermath in Prince Edward County, Virginia.  http://www.mercyseatfilms.com/

 

 

About the Film

Prince Edward students looking at closed school, circa 1961.

Prince Edward students looking at closed school, circa 1961.

We may observe with much sadness and irony that, outside of Africa, south of the Sahara, where education is still a difficult challenge, the only places on earth known not to provide free public education are Communist China, North Viet Nam, Sarawak, Singapore, British Honduras and Prince Edward County, Virginia.  Something must be done about Prince Edward County.

Robert F. Kennedy
18 March 1963
at the Kentucky Centennial of the
Emancipation Proclamation

(Photograph courtesy of the American Friends Service Committee)