RE-ENACTMENT OF THE HISTORIC VOTING RIGHTS MARCH OF 1965
A historical event occurred in Lunenburg County, Virginia on August 3, 1965 with a demonstration march to the Lunenburg County Courthouse by nearly 300 local citizens. The march was in support of the impending passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act (August 6) and to protest the existence of the Poll Tax. The march was also intended to protest inadequate voter registration hours, but on July 31, 1965 the Electoral Board of Lunenburg County decided to grant adequate hours for voter registration just a few days before the demonstration. Grateful demonstrators displayed signs thanking the Electoral Board for “granting adequate hours for voter registration.” The march began at the First Baptist Church, 821 Lunenburg Avenue, in Victoria and continued to the courthouse where the marchers lined the streets for a short time and then continued to the Tussekiah Baptist Church nearby to end the demonstration with song and prayer.
On Saturday, August 13, 2016, members of the Lunenburg County community plan to conduct a re-enactment to commemorate the historic Voting Rights March of 1965 to the Lunenburg Courthouse that occurred over fifty years ago. Individuals and organizations of the county have pledged their support of this event and the resolution to recognize Mr. Nathaniel Lee Hawthorne, Sr.
The event schedule follows:
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Parking at Central High School, 131 K-V Road, Victoria, VA. Transportation for participants will be provided to First Baptist Church, 821 Lunenburg Avenue, Victoria, VA 23974
9:00 – 9:45 a.m. Registration/Instructions
10:00 – 12 Noon March and Arrival at the Lunenburg County Courthouse
12 Noon – 12:30 p.m. Presentation of the Nathaniel L. Hawthorne, Sr. Memorial Resolution
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Gathering at the Tussekiah Baptist Church, 116 Lunenburg County Road, Keysville, VA
1:30 – 2:00 p.m. Transport back to Central High School
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Fellowship/Central High School Cafeteria
NOTE: Pre-registration is available on-line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Monetary donations by check or money order may be mailed to VRRC (Voter’s Registration Re-enactment Committee), P.O. Box 1141, Victoria, Virginia 23944. Please contact Mr. Edward Pennington (434) 696-2285 or Mrs. Wanda Rich-Morrison (434) 676-3400 for more information.