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Two bucked customs before sit-ins

Date: February 1, 1985

Author: Jim Schlosser

Biographical/Historical abstract: Jim Scholosser (1943- ), a reporter and editor for the Greensboro News and Record since 1967, covered political rallies and school integration during the 1960s and 1970s.

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In this February 1, 1985 article published in Greensboro News & Record, staff writer Jim Schlosser reports on one of two downtown Greensboro businesses that were already integrated before the 1960 Woolworth lunch counter sit-ins. White entrepreneur Robert S. “Bob” Jones operated Bob Jones Sandwich Bar two blocks away from the downtown Greensboro Woolworth store. Jones' restaurant was integrated six years prior to the sit-ins and Jones claims black and white people got along well there. Jones stated he would have likely done only half the business he did had his shop been segregated and he credited the thriving integrated business to being able to retire at age 55. Also mentioned is Lane Drug Store, which integrated six months prior to the sit-ins.

This article was clipped and saved in a scrapbook by Clarence “Curly” Harris, manager of the Greensboro Woolworth store at the time of the1960 sit-ins.


Format of original: Newspaper Clippings

Collection: Clarence Lee Harris Papers

Repository: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Item#: 1.4.938

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