Barbara Johns selected to replace Robert E. Lee at U.S. Capitol

A statue of Barbara Rose Johns, who at the age of 16 led a student walkout at Moton High School in Farmville protesting the conditions of her all-Black school compared to a nearby school for white students, was chosen to replace the statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee at the U.S. Capitol. If approved by the General Assembly, Johns would the only teenager represented in the collection that honors Americans from all 50 states.