F.W. Woolworth Co. Building
In 1960, this building was the F.W. Woolworth Co.’s 5 & 10 cent store and had a "whites only" lunch counter. On February 10, 1960, African-American college students from Hampton Institute sad at the lunch counter in an act of civil disobedience. Hampton thus became the first city in Virginia to experience a sit-in. By April, sit-ins had reached every Southern state and involved approximately 50,000 students.
This historic building was saved from demolition by Robert E. and Susan R. Long. The building was renovated for modern usage in 1984.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Civil Rights • Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities 🎓 series list.
Location. 37° 1.546′ N, 76° 20.682′ W. Marker is in Downtown Hampton in Hampton, Virginia. Marker is on West Queens Way just west of Kings Way, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10 W Queens Way, Hampton VA 23669, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of
Credits. This page was last revised on February 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 8, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 8, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.