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First Sit-In Victory In North Carolina

 
 
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By Kelly M, March 7, 2009
1. First Sit-In Victory In North Carolina Marker
Inscription. On February 8, 1960, Carl Wesley Matthews began the city's sit-in demonstration alone at lunch counters near this site and was soon joined by students from Winston-Salem Teachers College, Atkins High School, and Wake Forest College. The nonviolent protest led to a desegregation agreement signed May 23rd by the City and local businesses. Mr. Matthews, the leader, was the first black served at a desegregated counter on May 25th. The protest ended in a record 107 days.
 
Erected 2000.
 
Location. 36° 5.916′ N, 80° 14.669′ W. Marker is in Winston Salem, North Carolina, in Forsyth County. Marker is on W. Fourth Street 0.1 miles east of NW Liberty Street, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Sign is across 4th St from a statue of a soldier. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 W Fourth St., Winston Salem NC 27101, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Our Confederate Dead (within shouting distance of this marker); O'Hanlon's Office Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Forsyth County Men (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Winston-Salem Rotary Club
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By Kelly M, March 7, 2009
2. First Sit-In Victory In North Carolina Marker
(about 500 feet away); Safe Bus Company (about 600 feet away); The Honorable Willie Jones of Halifax (about 600 feet away); Thomas J. Wilson (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of First House Erected in Winston (approx. 0.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. WFU and WSSU celebrate 40th anniversary of student sit-in. Wake Forest University and Winston-Salem State University honors student protesters. (Submitted on March 9, 2009.) 

2. 50th Anniversary Event. includes names of other protestors (Submitted on January 27, 2012, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansCivil RightsNotable Events
 
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By Michael C. Wilcox, January 25, 2012
3. Woolworth's
This is the now-vacant Woolworth's mentioned in the article with the link above, where, "...Matthews and 21 students--10 from Wake Forest and 11 from Winston-Salem State--held a sit-in ... and were arrested for trespassing." The building is just around the corner from the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kelly M of Winston Salem, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,591 times since then and 98 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Kelly M of Winston Salem, North Carolina.   3. submitted on , by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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