April 23, 2018 is Virginia’s first Barbara Johns Day. The late civil rights activist is credited with leading a local movement to get equitably resourced schools. It began with a student walkout 67 years ago. Saraya Wintersmith reports on some of the efforts to keep that story alive.
A building African-Americans were formerly barred from will now bear the name of one of Virginia’s teenage civil rights activists. Governor Terry McAuliffe has dedicated the renovated “hotel Richmond” to Barbara Johns.
The building also houses the Attorney General’s office. At the ceremony, Attorney General Mark Herring detailed the history of Johns’ strike against subpar school resources leading to a pivotal Supreme Court case.
The new Barbara Johns building is located at the corner of Grace and 9th.
Watch the entire dedication ceremony held on February 23, 2017:
A first of its kind solar energy project is now on Virginia’s grid. The BARC Electric Cooperative is operating a 1,750-panel solar energy garden and offering customers in Bath, Alleghany, Augusta, Highland and Rockbridge counties the chance to purchase a portion of their energy needs from the central facility. For a 20-year fixed rate, project subscribers can get up to 25 percent of their average energy consumption fulfilled with solar power from the communal facility located in Rockbridge. The project also features an educational center designed to help visitors understand solar energy.