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Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Richmond 34

 
 
Richmond 34 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 1, 2016
1. Richmond 34 Marker
Inscription. On 22 Feb. 1960, 34 Virginia Union University students, 11 women and 23 men, refused to leave the segregated dining facilities here at Thalhimers department store and were arrested. Charged with trespassing, they were later convicted and fined. This sit-in was part of a wave of protests across the South inspired by recent sit-ins in Greensboro, North Carolina. The arrest of the Richmond 34 sparked the Campaign for Human Dignity, which organized boycotts and picketed Richmond businesses. Thalhimers and other retailers subsequently desegregated. In June 1963 the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the convictions of the Richmond 34 in Randolph v. Virginia.
 
Erected 2009 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number SA-83.)
 
Location. 37° 32.522′ N, 77° 26.177′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is on East Broad Street east of North 6th Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23219, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named The "Richmond 34" (within shouting distance of this marker); George Wythe (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct
Site of Thalhimers Department Store image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 1, 2016
2. Site of Thalhimers Department Store
line); Stewart-Lee House (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Marshall House (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The John Marshall House (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Trolley Car System in Richmond (approx. 0.2 miles away); Zero Milestone (approx. 0.2 miles away); Harry Flood Byrd (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 1, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 1, 2016, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 259 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 1, 2016, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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