Columbia Civil Rights Sit-Ins/Barr v. City of Columbia (1964)

Columbia Civil Rights Sit-Ins/Barr v. City of Columbia (1964) (HM2C6F)

Location: Columbia, SC 29201 Richland County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 0.507', W 81° 1.776'

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On March 15, 1960 five African American students from Benedict College - Charles Barr, David Carter, Richard Counts, Milton Greene, and Johnny Clark - were arrested after refusing to leave the lunch counter at the Taylor Street Pharmacy, which once occupied this building. Their actions followed similar sit-ins at S.H. Kress and Eckerd's Pharmacy, both located on nearby Main Street.

In Barr v. City of Columbia the U.S. Supreme Court held that lower courts had denied the students due process, as guaranteed by the 14th Amendment. Columbia attorney Matthew J. Perry served as lead counsel and delivered oral arguments to the Court. The Civil Rights Act of 1964, enacted ten days after the decision in Barr, finally prohibited racial segregation of public accommodations such as hotels and restaurants.
HM NumberHM2C6F
Year Placed2017
Placed ByColumbia SC 63
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Date Added Thursday, October 11th, 2018 at 2:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 497266 N 3763093
Decimal Degrees34.00845000, -81.02960000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 0.507', W 81° 1.776'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 0' 30.42" N, 81° 1' 46.56" W
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Area Code(s)704, 803
Closest Postal AddressAt or near , Columbia SC 29201, US
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