Seizing Justice: The Greensboro 4
1 x 60'
Woolworth's was one of America's first Five and Dime stores, and a popular fixture in cities across the country. While Woolworth's was willing to sell products to black customers, eating at the lunch counter was off-limits.
But in February 1960, four black college freshmen walked quietly into a Greensboro Woolworth’s, bought a few items, and then sat down at the ‘whites only’ lunch counter. That simple gesture sparked a wave of civil rights protest that changed America.
The next day they returned with 15 more students. On the third day 300 came. As the local black colleges heard about the sit-ins, more and more students showed up, reaching 1,000 by the fifth day. Within two months, sit-ins were occurring in 54 cities in eight states.
On July 25th, 1960, the Greensboro Woolworth lunch counter was desegregated. Fifty years on, it is now on display at the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC.