The Voice of Prince Edward County
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The collection also contains digital audio files of oral history interviews conducted with contributors to the paper, performed by Hampden-Sydney Students in the spring of 2021.
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Biographical / Historical Note
Rather than comply with these orders, the leaders of Prince Edward County chose to close all public schools, a decision that lasted from 1959 until 1964. The decision was well-publicized at the time, and was a source of tension throughout the county. Though the public schools were re-instated and county supervisors agreed to desegregate the schools beginning with the 1964-1965 school year, the process of public school integration was far from smooth. The Voice of Prince Edward County, published from the summer of 1965 until December of 1969, offers a unique community perspective on this post-integration time period.
0.5 Linear Feet ; 11" x 17" x 3"
20 Digital Image Scans
82.5 Megabytes (Five .mp4 audio files featuring five oral history interviews.)
Language of Materials
“The VOICE of Prince Edward County is dedicated to give a voice to all the people of Prince Edward County. We will try to create more interest in local government by showing how the people can become involved in solving our problems in education, health, welfare, and employment. We will report the news for the whole community and we will let our officials know how the community feels. We will publish your letters to us and look forward to hearing your views. Finally, we will serve as an outlet for the creative ability of people in the community and we hope that the pieces we publish will inspire others.”Though the editorial staff differed from issue to issue, most contributors to the paper were African-American residents of Prince Edward County, some of whom had suffered directly as a result of the 1959-1964 closure of the county’s public schools. By 1969, Alphonso O’Neil-White, the first African-American student at Hampden-Sydney College, was the sole credited editor of the paper.
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