McCrory's Civil Rights Sit-ins / "Friendship Nine"

McCrory's Civil Rights Sit-ins / "Friendship Nine" (HMAWT)

Location: Rock Hill, SC 29730 York County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 55.531', W 81° 1.607'

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McCrory's Civil Rights Sit-ins
This building, built in 1901, was occupied by McCrory's Five & Dime from 1937 to 1997. On February 12, 1960, black students from Friendship Jr. College in Rock Hill were denied service at the McCrory's lunch counter but refused to leave. Their "sit-in" was one of the first of many calling attention to segregated public places in downtown Rock Hill. These protests lasted for more than a year.

"Friendship Nine"
Many Rock Hill protesters were arrested, convicted, and fined. On January 31, 1961, ten students from Friendship Jr. College were arrested when they refused to leave McCrory's. Nine would not pay their fines and became the first Civil Rights sit-in protesters in the nation to serve jail time. This new "Jail No Bail" strategy by "the Friendship Nine" was soon adopted as the model strategy for the Freedom Rides of 1961.
Marker Number46-37
Year Placed2007
Placed ByThe Culture and Heritage Museums of York County and the City of Rock Hill
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Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 11:38pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 497553 N 3864783
Decimal Degrees34.92551667, -81.02678333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 55.531', W 81° 1.607'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 55' 31.86" N, 81° 1' 36.42" W
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Area Code(s)803
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 163-175 E Main St, Rock Hill SC 29730, US
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