The Voice of Prince Edward County


The Voice of Prince Edward County


African American newspapers
Associations, institutions, etc.—African American membership
Race discrimination—United States
Prince Edward County (Va.)


Published between the years of 1965 and 1969, the Voice of Prince Edward County was an independent, privately financed newspaper out of Farmville, Virginia. The stated intent of the paper, printed as an Editors’ note in the July 26, 1965 issue,

The VOICE of Prince Edward County is dedicated to give a voice to all the people of Prince Edward County. We will try to create more interest in local government by showing how the people can become involved in solving our problems in education, health, welfare, and employment. We will report the news for the whole community and we will let our officials know how the community feels. We will publish your letters to us and look forward to hearing your views. Finally, we will serve as an outlet for the creative ability of people in the community and we hope that the pieces we publish will inspire others.

Though the editorial staff differed from issue to issue, most contributors to the paper were African-American residents of Prince Edward County, some of whom had suffered directly as a result of the 1959-1964 closure of the county’s public schools. By 1969, Alphonso O’Neil-White, the first African-American student at Hampden-Sydney College, was the sole credited editor of the paper.




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Alphonso Vance White
Alphonso O'Neil-White
James E. Ghee, Jr.
Barbara Botts
Leslie F. Griffin, Jr.
Carlton Terry
Darwyn White


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Farmville, VA (Prince Edward County)

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Miller Gives Away Thousands - Author Unknown - Dr. N. P. Miller donates $10,000 to Howard University School of Denistry. / "Red Cross: Part of…

"State Student Conference Held in Farmville Recently" - Larry Hines - A state student conference was held in Farmville to present high school and…

"Homemaking Service in Planning Stage for P.E." - Frances Dove - The Community Action Group, Inc. is in the planning stages for a large homemaking…

"After School What?" - Robert Booker - Questions posed to the highschooler as to whether he/she is ready for the work world. / "Famous Negroes" -…

"Moon Success: Earthly Hunger" - Author Unknown - A column questioning the benefits of the space program when so much needs to be done in the United…

"Credo" - Robert R. Moton - A quote from Robert R. Moton / "The Rev. Mr. Griffin Speaks" - L. Francis Griffin, Sr., Pastor - L. F. Griffin writes to…

"Peace Speakers Request an End To Every War" - Debbie Mariner - Members of THE VOICE attend a Peace Seminar sponsored by the Richmond Council for…

"Scholarship Aid Available for Students Here" - Otis Jackson - A call to students to begin thinking about college and necessary aid and preparation…

"Know the Candidates: William B. Spong, Jr." - Phaeby Dupey - An overview of U.S. Senate Democratic hopeful, William B. Spong, Jr. / "Know the…

"Nation Has New Voting Rights Act" - Author Unknown -The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is explored. / "Visiting Science Program Here" - Author Unknown…

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