Civil Right Sit-Ins
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N 34° 11.842 W 079° 45.994
17S E 613643 N 3784726
Historical marker located in Florence, SC.
Waymark Code: WM18TJY
Location: South Carolina, United States
Date Posted: 09/24/2023
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member pmaupin
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(Front) On March 3-4, 1960, members of the Florence Youth branch of the NAACP staged protest demonstrations here at the former S.H. Kress store. Wilson H.S. students marched from Trinity Baptist Church to sit at the store’s lunch counter, but were refused service and asked to
leave. The police were called and the students left peacefully. Store management closed the counter before reopening shortly after.

(Reverse) On March 4, 1960, students planned to picket in front of the store, but were arrested while walking up the building. Forty-eight protestors were arrested and charged with “parading without a permit.” The convictions were appealed to the S.C. Supreme Court and overturned in City of Florence v. George (1962). The lunch counter remained closed until the 1970s when it was reopened with service for all.
Sponsored by Florence County Museum, 2019
Marker Name: Civil Right Sight-Ins

Marker Location: City

Type of Marker: Other

Marker number: 21-47

County: Florence

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