Greensboro 4 Sit-In Mural at Windsor Recreation Center, Greensboro

Greensboro 4 Sit-In Mural at Windsor Recreation Center, Greensboro; credit Visit Greensboro


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Situated on the Piedmont Plateau of gently rolling hills, Greensboro echoes the history, culture and natural beauty that is North Carolina. This home of a major HBCU, North Carolina A&T University, helped shape civil rights in America. Greensboro is best known for a historical BLM moment, where four black students sat at a whites-only Woolworth lunch counter to pave the way for integration.

Quaker cousins Levi and Vestal Coffin formed Grand Central Terminal of the Underground Railroad in Greensboro-High Point area.

Cultural Sites
International Civil Rights Center & Museum evolved from the historic F.W. Woolworth Building.

The dining and black-owned choices are slim, but fruitful.

Black-owned Greensboro shops took a beating through the pandemic, here’s what’s left.

Heritage Sites
Includes First Lunch Counter Sit-in site where the Civil Rights Movement became energized with non-violent student activism.

General Attractions
Greensboro Downtown Arts District with General Historical Museum and Blandwood Mansion make for an afternoon sites

Greensboro Lunch Counter Sit-Ins
On 1 February 1960, four courageous North Carolina A&T students sat at the segregated Greensboro Woolworth lunch counter with their lives endangered.

Family Attractions
A children’s museum, toy museum, children’s theater, a water park, science center and miniature golf courses dot the region.

A National Historic Landmark, Blandwood is transformed from a antebellum plantation mansion that today hoses antique furnishings, some by black craftsmen.

Trivia & Famous Residents
In this 1.2 million person metro area, about 230,000 residents are African American and many are attended two HBCUs.

February One is a tribute to Franklin McCain, Joseph McNeil, Ezell Blair, Jr. and David Richmond, who began the lunch counter sit-in on February 1, 1960


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