The “Farmville Tour Guides” project is an honors-level independent study that challenges student groups to research a select chapter of the civil rights history of Farmville, Virginia in preparation for a student-led field trip during the spring semester. Farmville was the site of a 1951 student strike in protest of unequal educational facilities that later evolved into a class-action lawsuit that went before the Supreme Court in 1954 as Brown v. the Board of Education. Students will conduct in-depth research and then present this information at a related historic site during a “student-led” tour of Farmville during the spring semester. Students will hone skills in research, group collaboration, leadership, and public speaking. Participants will also be required to attend five after school class meetings at the Central Office building for Rockingham County Public Schools. Interested students from grades 10-12 are invited to apply during the fall semester. Each high school is guaranteed at least one group that will be selected on the strength of the student applications.
Please refer to the project website for more information: