On Monday, February 1, 1960, Greensboro went down in history for the igniting the civil rights “sit-in” movement in the nation. On this day, four North Carolina. A&T State University students sat down at the F.W. Woolworth Company’s segregated lunch counter and asked for service, which was refused. This sit-in fueled the campaign for racial integration in the South and beyond. The store and lunch counter, located in the Old Greensboro downtown historic district, remained in operation until 1993, when Woolworths closed. It is now a civil rights museum. The statue, dedicated in 2002, is on the A&T campus.

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