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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Celebrating Black History Month:
Once Segregated Woolwoth Becomes Civil Rights Museum

The infamous Greensboro, N.C. Woolworth, stage of the 1960 Greensboro Sit-In, was officially reincarnated today as the International Civil Rights Center and Museum.   The former five and dime store became a civil rights landmark after 4 Black students sat down at the (then) segregated Woolworth lunch counter and refused to get up until they were served.  From the ICRCM website:
The International Civil Rights Center & Museum is an archival center, collecting museum and teaching facility devoted to the international struggle for civil and human rights. The Museum celebrates the nonviolent protests of the 1960 Greensboro sit-ins, which served as a catalyst in the civil rights movement. The Museum complex includes 30,000 square feet of exhibit space and is located in the historic 1929 F.W. Woolworth building in Greensboro, N.C.
Check out CBS coverage of the museum's inauguration below.

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