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JUN 21-04 NOV

The National Park Service and the John J. Wright Educational and Cultural Center Museum are pleased to announce the new mobile exhibit, “The Walls Come Down: Desegregation in the Fredericksburg Region.” The exhibit explores how desegregation took place in the schools of Spotsylvania (1963) and Stafford (1961) and at the lunch counters of Fredericksburg (1960). The premier took place at a public reception at the John J. Wright Educational and Cultural Center on June 21, 2018.

“The Walls Come Down” is a collaborative effort of the National Park Service, local educators, and several of those who participated in the desegregation efforts of the early 1960s. The exhibit will remain at John J. Wright into the fall, and then will be made available to travel through local middle and high schools, as well as other community organizations that wish to host it.

In the fall of 1963, seven African-American girls left the all-African-American John J. Wright Consolidated School to enroll at the formerly all-white Robert E. Lee Elementary School and Spotsylvania High School, starting a process of desegregation that would take five years to complete.

Hours: Thurs-Sat 10AM – 3PM

The museum is free and open to the public.