DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Landmark Object: Greensboro Lunch Counter:
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SIAHLC_150717_06.JPG: Greensboro Lunch Counter, 1960: From the site of an important civil rights protest:
Segregation in public places was still legal on February 1, 1960, when four African American college students deliberately sat down at this "whites only" lunch counter at an F.W. Woolworth store in Greensboro, North Carolina. When denied service and asked to leave, they remained in their seats. Over the next six months, hundreds of students and church and community members joined the protest. Their activism ultimately led to the desegregation of the lunch counter on July 25, 1960. "With their very bodies," civil rights leader James Farmer later said of the protestors, "they obstructed the wheels of justice."
North Carolina A&T State University students David L. Richmond, Franklin E. McCain, Ezell A. Blair Jr. (now Jibreel Khazan), and Joseph A. McNeil leaving Woolworth's after the first day of the sit-in.
SIAHLC_150717_13.JPG: Joseph A. McNeil and Franklin E. McCain, joined by William Smith and Clarence Henderson, on the second day of the Greensboro sit-in.
SIAHLC_150717_20.JPG: The Greensboro sit-in -- and concurrent sit-ins in fifty-four cities in nine states -- led Woodworth's and other "five-and-dime" stores to desegregate their lunch counters. The protests drew national attention and put college students and young people into the forefront of the ongoing movement to challenge racial inequality across the nation. Years of struggle led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act on 1964, which outlawed segregation in public accommodations and employment.
SIAHLC_150717_28.JPG: North Carolina A&T State University students David L. Richmond, Franklin E. McCain, Ezell A. Blair Jr. (now Jibreel Khazan), and Joseph A. McNeil leaving Woolworth's after the first day of the sit-in.
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Description of Subject Matter: Greensboro Lunch Counter, Second floor East
This landmark object -- the Greensboro Lunch Counter -- identifies the American ideals wing of the museum.
This section of the Woolworth's lunch counter with 4 stools from Greensboro, North Carolina, represents the February 1, 1960 sit-in that challenged segregated eating places. On February 1, 1960, four African American students -- Ezell A. Blair, Jr. (now Jibreel Khazan), Franklin E. McCain, Joseph A. McNeil, and David L. Richmond -- sat down at this counter and politely asked for service. Their request was refused. When asked to leave, they remained in their seats. They were all enrolled at the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College. Their "passive sit-down demand" began one of the first sustained sit-ins and ignited a youth-led movement to challenge injustice and racial inequality throughout the South.
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