Woolworth Sit-In

Woolworth Sit-In (HM29HX)

Location: Tampa, FL 33602 Hillsborough County
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N 27° 57.048', W 82° 27.554'

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Tampa's Former F.W. Woolworth Store

Side 1
Woolworth's variety store was the scene of a pivotal event that started on February 29, 1960. Clarence Fort, President of the N.A.A.C.P. Youth Council and Reverend A. Leon Lowry, N.A.A.C.P. State president, led about 40 students (from George S. Middleton and Howard W. Blake High Schools) in a peaceful sit-in at F.W. Woolworth's lunch counter at 801 North Franklin Street. At the time, Tampa Mayor Julian B. Lane assigned police to escort the young protestors and after about a week Lane agreed to appoint a Bi-Racial Committee to look into the demonstrators complaints. By September, Tampa's lunch counters were integrated without the violence seen in many other parts of the country.
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Side 2
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Some of the participants on February 29, 1960 included:

George S. Middleton High School
George Edgecomb, President of Student Council ·
Alberta Gaskins ·
Arnold Dubose ·
Arthenia Joyner ·
Barbara Wright ·
Carl Warren ·
Doris Cross ·
Eloise Gordon ·
Inez Anderson ·
Jacqueline McKinney Preston ·
James "Jim" Hargrett, Jr. ·
Joy Lawe Armstrong ·
Nelson Griffith ·
Pearl Higdon Urshery ·
Tereceia Vann ·
Theodore Lawe

Howard W. Blake High School
Shafter Scott, President of Student Council ·
Bernard Clark ·
Bernard Flowers ·
Betty Austin ·
Carmen Grinan ·
Eddie McIntosh ·
Evelyn Alexander ·
Flerida Gonzalez ·
Henry Carley ·
Hildreth Fleming ·
John Billups ·
Leroy Long ·
Mary Franklin ·
Ronald Cherry ·

Malphus ·
William Wood
HM NumberHM29HX
Year Placed2018
Placed ByHillsborough County Historical Advisory Council, Tampa Woolworth Project
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, July 19th, 2018 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 356450 N 3092609
Decimal Degrees27.95080000, -82.45923333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 27° 57.048', W 82° 27.554'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds27° 57' 2.8800000000001" N, 82° 27' 33.24" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)813, 727, 305, 863
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 300 E Polk St, Tampa FL 33602, US
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