Fredericksburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Seeking Civil Rights
Fredericksburg’s sit-ins occurred at W.T. Grant’s (directly across the street), at F.W. Woolworth’s (across the street to your left front), and at Peoples Service Drug Store (to your right). By late August, the affected businesses relented and integrated their lunch counters.
The local protests were one of many steps taken nation-wide to awaken the conscience of a nation whose creed, espoused in 1776, proclaimed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”
Erected by City of Fredericksburg.
Location. 38° 18.225′ N, 77° 27.572′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of William Street (Virginia Route 3) and William Street and Caroline Street, on the right when traveling east on William Street. Touch for map
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Weedon’s Tavern (here, next to this marker); Stating Inalienable Rights (here, next to this marker); Lewis Randolph Ball (within shouting distance of this marker); First Town Hall / Market House (within shouting distance of this marker); Second Town Hall / Market House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Market Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Gun from the CSS Virginia (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line but has been reported missing); Lease Land (about 300 feet away); Site of Barton House (about 400 feet away); Prisoners of Christ (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
Additional keywords. Desegregate, desegregation of public accommodations
Categories. • Civil Rights •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 2, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,831 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on June 2, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. 2. submitted on September 4, 2008, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. 3, 4. submitted on June 4, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on July 27, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.