Separate and Unequal in Buckingham County: An Exhibition on Segregation and Desegregation in Virginia

This exhibition explored African American education in Buckingham County, Virginia from segregation to desegregation. Visitors learned more about the unique struggle of African Americans in Buckingham County while keeping the broader state and national context in view. The exhibit focused on uncovering the lost stories of African Americans in Buckingham County during the height of Jim Crow segregation, through resistance to the 1954 Brown decision, and the eventual integration of public schools. In 1970, through community cooperation and courageous efforts, black Buckingham residents saw their schools fully integrated. This project reveals how black residents played a central role in the development and structure of the county's educational system. They worked tirelessly to insure fairness and equality for all children.