Greensboro Lunch Counter

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subject
Civil Rights Movement
African American
related event
Greensboro Sit-in
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
user
F. W. Woolworth Co.
Physical Description
silver (overall color)
salmon (overall color)
Measurements
average spatial: 38 in x 15 in x 15 in; 96.52 cm x 38.1 cm x 38.1 cm
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Exhibition
Exhibit
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Description
On February 1, 1960, four African American college students—Ezell A. Blair, Jr. (now Jibreel Khazan), Franklin E. McCain, Joseph A. McNeil, and David L. Richmond—sat down at this "whites only" lunch counter at the Woolworth's store in Greensboro, North Carolina, and politely asked for service. Their request was refused, and when asked to leave, the students remained in their seats in protest.
For the six months that followed, hundreds of students, civil rights organizations, churches, and members of the community joined the protest and boycotted the store. Their commitment ultimately led to the desegregation of the F.W. Woolworth lunch counter on July 25, 1960. Their peaceful sit-down was a watershed event in the struggle for civil rights and helped ignite a youth-led movement to challenge racial inequality throughout the South.
used
United States: North Carolina, Greensboro
Object Name
stool
ID Number
1994.0156.01
catalog number
1994.0156.01
accession number
1994.0156
Related Publication
Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History
National Museum of American History. Treasures of American History online exhibition
Related Web Publication
http://americanhistory.si.edu/treasures