Justin Reid, who graduated from Cumberland High School in 2005, was very active when he was a student here. He said he participated in anything and everything that he could, including Governor’s School, yearbook, FBLA, SCA, track, and cross country track. He recalled playing tenor sax in both middle school and high school and thought he would be the next John Coltraine. He has other interesting memories of CHS. He said, “I remember losing Prom King by one vote to my cousin. That’s one of those funny things that only happens in Cumberland.” He noted that he voted for his cousin. He also remembers riding in an airplane for the first time his junior year and touring France during spring break—which he says was a life changing event.
After high school, Mr. Reid attended and graduated from The College of William and Mary. He reported being a student activist in college: “I spent a lot of time working with administrators and admissions to improve campus diversity and student financial aid, which we did. I also mentored and tutored in local schools, and worked as a history teaching assistant.”
Mr. Reid has traveled overseas several times. In college, he spent two summers studying abroad, first in Southern France and later in South Africa. He also spent two winter breaks working in Tanzania (East Africa). Most recently, he vacationed with his brother-in-law’s relatives in London.
Currently Mr. Reid is the Associate Director for Museum Operations at the Moton Museum in Farmville, a position he has held since April 2012. As part of his job, he oversees the programming, tours, and outreach of the Moton Museum. The Museum is Virginia’s sole National Historic Landmark of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. The Museum explores Prince Edward County’s leading role in producing the 1954 Brown decision (the Supreme Court ruling that desegregated U. S. public education) and the 1964 Griffin decision.
Mr. Reid remains active with the Youth Ministry at Sharon Baptist Church and volunteers with the Buckingham and Cumberland 4-H. His hobbies include water sports, fishing, traveling, studying history, and spending time with close friends and family—especially his six nieces and nephews. He had this to share with others: “Cumberland County has so much potential. I really hope to see more young people return to the area and invest in our community—raise their families here, start businesses, take on leadership roles in local government. I think the future of Cumberland really depends on young people with deep roots in this community branching out and bringing back the best of what they’ve learned.”