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Geneva Tisdale

Gender: Female

Ethnicity: African-American

Biographical/Historical note: Geneva Tisdale was born in South Carolina and moved to North Carolina in the 1940s. She began working at the F.W. Woolworth store on Elm Street in Greensboro in 1951 as a fountain girl. When the February 1, 1960, sit-in occurred, she was working the sandwich board. Tisdale was one of three Woolworth employees to be the first blacks served at the counter after it was desegregated. Tisdale retired from Woolworth’s when the Greensboro stores closed, after forty-three years of service.

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Item thumbnail image Oral history interview with Geneva Tisdale by Jim Schlosser
Date: 1998
By: Geneva Tisdale
From: GreensboroVOICES Collection

In this transcript of an oral history interview conducted circa 1998 by Jim Schlosser with Geneva Tisdale, Tisdale recalls the February 1, 1960, sit-in, the larger crowds during the following days,...