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Clarence L. Harris Scrapbook: Chapter 8, 9

Date: circa 1985

Author: Clarence Harris

Biographical/Historical abstract: Clarence Lee "Curly" Harris (1905-1999) was the manager of the F.W. Woolworth store in Greensboro when four North Carolina A&T State University students sat-in at the lunch counter on February 1, 1960, setting off civil rights protests in Greensboro and throughout the country.

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Chapters 8 and 9 of this scrapbook focus on the period between February 7, when the students suspended the sit-ins in order to negotiate, and the week of February 23, when the protests resumed. Harris explains why race relations at the Greensboro Woolworth store were "very good" prior to the sit-ins, noting that there were a comparatively high number of black employees and no signs for segregated drinking fountains. He describes his position on desegregation as being "with the community" and criticizes city leadership for not passing a public accommodation ordinance. Harris also describes a meeting of business owners at which he offered to desegregate his store if others did, but all parties refused.

This section contains several news clippings about sit-ins around the U.S., including "Negro Pupils Crowd Store; It Closes" concerning the Feb. 13 protest at the High Point Woolworth, "NCC, Duke Student Join in Woolworth Counter Protest" from the February 8, 1960, Duke University Chronicle, and several concerning Raleigh. One page also contains an account of Greensboro Mayor George Roach's statement regarding the sit-ins, and the full-text of his February 10 statement.

Scrapbook 1 is part of a set of scrapbooks Harris compiled during the 1980s which record his perspective on the sit-ins though his own writings, news clippings, photographs, and other ephemera. This scrapbook is organized like a book.

Download the complete scrapbook (all sections) as a PDF file.


Format of original: Other

Collection: Clarence Lee Harris Papers

Repository: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Item#: 1.4.1015

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