Prince Edward County, Va.: Success Bought at a High Cost

Of all the communities among the Brown cases, this rural, Black Belt county in Virginia may have suffered the deepest scars--but not from bombs, cross burnings or any of the other violence desegregation sparked in much of the rest of the South. While today educators call its schools a model of integration, in 1959, Prince Edward County locked its schoolhouses for five long years rather than comply with Brown. "It turned our lives completely around," says Rita Moseley, a slender, soft-spoken school secretary and grandmother who was 12 the year the schools closed. "I will always wonder what I would have...

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