Virginia Civil Rights Memorial
Virginia Civil Rights Memorial is located next to the gates of the Executive Mansion
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Original concept by artist Stanley Bleifeld
Unveiling of memorial, July 21, 2008
Backstory and Context
This walkout caught the attention of the NAACP lawyers who were working throughout the country on issues of race. A federal suit was brought to Richmond, Virgina. The Davis v. Prince Edward illustrated the inequalities between White and African American educations. After significant deliberation the Supreme Court officially ended segregation in public schools throughout the United States.
The Virginia Civil Rights Memorial was constructed on the grounds of the Virginia Capitol in 2008. The artsit commissioned for this was Stanley Bleifeld. The memorial depicts various civil rights leaders coming forward from the granite base. The base includes quotes from Barbara Johns and Thurgood Marshall. The sculpture of the monument is notable because it depicts the figures more naturally than many monuments.