Lead: When massive resistance collapsed in Virginia in February, 1959, the white community of Prince Edward County continued its defiance of federal law by closing and keeping closed its public schools.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: The Supreme Court’s original case in 1954 was a consolidation of several cases, which was awarded the sobriquet, Brown v. Board. It could just have easily been Davis v. Board. In 1951, the NAACP brought suit against the School Board of Prince Edward County, an anchor county in Virginia’s agricultural Southside. Despite 45% black population, the black schools were abysmal and black citizens sued in an atmosphere of great bitterness to get improvements in their schools. The Court ultimate decided even well-funded segregated schools were unconstitutional, but bitterness in the Southside continued to fester, fed by NAACP agitation and inflammatory editorials in the Farmville Herald by publisher, J. Barrye Wall which, though they held high the constitutional banner of states rights, were a thinly disguised advocacy of racist segregation forever.

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