RICHMOND, Va. – A statue of Barbara Rose Johns was chosen to lead a student walk at Moton High School in Farmville at the age of 16, protesting against the circumstances of her all-black school compared to the school of nearby white students. replace the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in the American Capitol. If approved by the General Assembly, Johns would be the only teenager represented in a collection that respects Americans from all 50 states.
“Like a teenager[in 1951], Barbara Johns bravely led a protest that opposed segregation and questioned the obstacles she and her African American counterparts faced and eventually removed them. ”Virginia Governor Ralph Northam said during the announcement. “I am proud that his statue represents Virginia in the U.S. Capitol, where his idealism, courage, and conviction continue to inspire Virginia and Americans to confront inequalities and fight for meaningful change now and for future generations.”
Johns ’protest led to a lawsuit that resulted in a historic one Brown v. Board of Education that it had declared segregation unconstitutional.
He was selected from five finalist lists that included Maggie Walker, John Mercer Langston and Pocahontas.
The statue of President Lee and George Washington has represented Virginia in the U.S. Capitol since 1909.
The Lee statue will be removed from the U.S. Capitol in the coming days.
Virginia celebrated the first day of Barbara Johns in 2018.
In 2017, he named Virginia’s John, his recently renovated state building that housed the Capitol Square Attorney General’s Office.
Johns died in 1991 at the age of 56.