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Clarence L. Harris Scrapbook: Chapter 19

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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Chapter 19 focuses on Harris' personal response to the 1960 sit-ins. Harris includes his biography, and explains how many of his attempts to address the situation failed until he and Kress Department Store decided to desegregate their businesses. Ultimately he feels the sit-ins damaged Woolworth's image. Included in this section are two letters commending Harris for the appearance and set-up of the Greensboro Woolworth store.

Scrapbook 1 is part of a set of scrapbooks Harris compiled during the 1980s which record his perspective on the 1960 sit-ins, during which time he was manager of the Greensboro Woolworth store. The scrapbooks contain 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#: 1.4.1028

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