First Amendment Field

First Amendment Field, located adjacent to the Moton Museum (800 Griffin Boulevard, Farmville, VA 23901), will be open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4. The area will be reserved for public speaking, debate, protest and discussion on the day of the debate. Activists, protestors, concerned citizens and students are invited to address topics important to them. There will be an allocation of 10 minutes per speaker.

Note: You're invited to select your preferred time, however actual speaking times will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. We will notify when you have been assigned a time.

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Be heard at First Amendment Field

In the shadow of a landmark where student activism helped change the world, Longwood University will invite the public to make their voices heard during the Oct. 4 Vice Presidential Debate.

In 1951, 16-year-old Barbara Johns led a student walkout at all-black Moton High School. The students’ two-week strike launched a court challenge that became part of the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision.

Now a National Historic Landmark that is affiliated with Longwood and located a short walk from the debate venue, the Moton Museum will be proud to help welcome a new generation of activists to Farmville on debate day: A field behind the school where Moton students once played will serve as the debate’s “First Amendment Field.”

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