Seeking Civil Rights

Seeking Civil Rights (HM1B)

Location: Fredericksburg, VA 22401
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 18.225', W 77° 27.572'

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On July 2, 1960, minority citizens of Fredericksburg began a protest to effect social and political change through direct action. A larger Civil Rights Movement had begun in earnest following the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down as unconstitutional the concept of "separate but equal." It rapidly spread through much of the South in the form of bus boycotts, freedom riders, and protest marches.

Fredericksburg's sit-ins occurred at W.T. Grant's (directly across the street), at F.W. Woolworth's (across the street to your left front), and at Peoples Service Drug Store (to your right). By late August, the affected businesses relented and integrated their lunch counters.

The local protests were one of many steps taken nation-wide to awaken the conscience of a nation whose creed, espoused in 1776, proclaimed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."
HM NumberHM1B
Placed ByCity of Fredericksburg
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Date Added Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 3:32pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 284937 N 4242379
Decimal Degrees38.30375000, -77.45953333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 18.225', W 77° 27.572'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 18' 13.50" N, 77° 27' 34.32" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 125-199 William St, Fredericksburg VA 22401, US
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