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- The Virginia Civil Rights Memorial Commission was established by Governor Mark Warner by Executive Order 96 (2005) and continued by Governor Timothy Kaine with Executive Order 3 (2006). This Commission was tasked with selecting an appropriate monument for Capitol Square to commemorate the courage and fortitude of Virginians and other persons who contributed to or influenced the Civil Rights Movement in Virginia, to recognize events in Virginia that contributed to the expansion and enforcement of Civil Rights in Virginia and the nation, to increase public awareness of those Virginia citizens whose courage, personal sacrifice and personal risk helped end state-sanctioned segregation, and to specifically honor the students at Robert Russa Moton High School in Farmville, Virginia. These students, led by 16 year old Barbara Johns, protested and challenged the longstanding unequal conditions at the school and their objections ultimately resulted in the United States Supreme Court's abolishing of the "separate but equal" doctrine in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka (1954).
- The Commission consisted of the Governor (Timothy Kaine), Lieutenant Governor (Bill Bolling), Speaker of the House of Delegates (William J. Howell), one member of the House of Delegates at large appointed by the Speaker (Jennifer McClellan), the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules (Thomas K. Norment), and other members appointed by the Governor (Lisa Collis, Leroy R. Hassell, Judith Anderson, Dr. Woody Holton, and Rita O. Moseley).
- The Capitol Square Civil Rights Memorial Foundation was established in 2005 to raise funds for the memorial and the Commission recommended to the Governor and General Assembly a four-sided monument featuring 18 bronze figures around a large granite base. The monument was designed by Stanley Bleifeld and was dedicated in Capitol Square on July 21, 2008.
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- Salmon, John S., comp. A GUIDE TO STATE RECORDS IN THE ARCHIVES BRANCH OF THE VIRGINIA BRANCH OF THE VIRGINIA STATE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES. Richmond: Virginia State Library, 1985
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