Saturday, September 18, 2010

Portrait of civil rights pioneer unveiled

A portrait of civil rights pioneer Barbara Johns was unveiled this week in our nation's capitol:

Johns, then 16, led a 1951 student strike in Prince Edward County that led to the inclusion of Virginia in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision outlawing school segregation.

The portrait depicts Johns on April 23, 1951, the day of the student strike. It was painted by Richmond native Louis Briel.

1 comment:

Louis Briel / Portrait Painter said...

Actually, the portrait was unveiled at the Virginia State Capitol.

Louis Briel