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International Civil Rights Center and Museum

Greensboro, North Carolina was the center of a movement that forever changed the United States. The International Civil Rights Center & Museum (ICRCM), located in the former F.W. Woolworth building, was the site of the February 1-July 25, 1960 sit-in protest against segregated eating facilities. That six-month demonstration reignited the civil rights movement that transformed a nation.

Our 17-gallery main exhibition, The Battlegrounds, offers an engaging journey through time as we witness courageous men, women and children who fought caste-like restrictions based on race. Their stories unfold in newsreel footage, photographic documents, video reenactments, high tech interactive components and numerous artifacts—including the iconic “whites only” lunch counter. Moreover, ICRCM’s educational and public programs (lectures, panel discussions, documentary film screenings, book signings and theatrical productions) promote an understanding and appreciation of the struggles for equality, social justice and freedom in the United States and the world.

This historic landmark, exhibiting and collecting institution, and educational service organization opened its doors on February 1, 2010—the 50th anniversary date of the sit-in protest in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina.

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