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State marker for '60 sit-in on commission's agenda

Date: November 15, 1979

Author: Jo Jones Spivey

Biographical/Historical abstract: Jo Jones Spivey (1917-2003) a reporter for the Greensboro News and Record from 1951 to 1984, was a pioneer in the field of journalism for women and a reporter on local civil rights events.

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In this November 15, 1979 Greensboro Record article, Jo Spivey reports on efforts to obtain a North Carolina historical marker at the site of the 1960 Woolworth store sit-ins in Greensboro. Spivey writes that there had been earlier fears that there would not be funding for a marker because of economic constraints on the N.C. Highway Historical Marker Commission. Spivey also writes of the creation of the February 1 Committee to organize events for a celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the sit-ins. Members of the committee include Shirley Frye, Hal Sieber, Richard Moore, Manlin Forgay, Kathy Harrelson, Vance Chavis, Sol Jacobs, Alex Stoessen, and Nell Coley.

A picture of the completed historical marker is included on this scrapbook page. Both the article and picture were clipped and saved in a scrapbook on race relations by Clarence “Curly” Harris, manager of the Greensboro Woolworth store at the time of the 1960 sit-ins that spawned lunch counter sit-ins across the South and rejuvenated the civil rights movement.


Format of original: Newspaper Clippings

Collection: Clarence Lee Harris Papers

Repository: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Item#: 1.4.1091

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