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Prince Edward County is located in "Virginia's Heartland", at the crossroads of US 460 and US 15, two of Virginia's primary east-west and north-south transportation corridors, which provides direct access to four interstate highway systems: I-95, I-85, I-81 and I-64.
The county is the birthplace of the Civil Rights movement due to the dubious honor of being the only place in the country where children of color felt the need to strike in 1951 to protest the very unequal education offered here. That history can be found at the Moton Musuem in Farmville, Virginia.
The Moton Museum is one of the cornerstones of the Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail - the only trail of its kind in the nation. The Moton Museum is named for Robert Russa Moton, one of the most influential figures in African American history. His importance is felt by the Tuskegee Airmen who might not have become American heroes without Mr. Moton, who as Chancellor of Tuskegee Institute after the end of World War I, procured the first aircraft for the school.
The county is also home to many of the spots for Civil War buffs. Prince Edward County has many Civil War/Lee's Retreat and Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail signs posted and maintained so that civil war and civil rights buffs can easily find their way to prominent historical sites. One of the very last battles to be fought in the Civil war was over High Bridge which joins Cumberland County to Prince Edward County. High Bridge played a key role during the last few days of the Civil War.