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This Month in Civil Rights

FebruaryOn February 1, 1960, four African-American freshmen at North Carolina A&T State University began the first sit-in at the whites-only lunch counter at the Woolworth Store on South Elm Street. "The Greensboro Four"--Franklin McCain, Joseph McNeil, Ezell Blair Jr. and David Richmond--would emerge unscathed and eventually be recognized as heroes of the Civil Rights Movement. When the Woolworth's shut down, part of the lunch counter was moved to the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.