The Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Spartanburg Class of 2015 unveiled a plaque Tuesday to remember a sit-in at Woolworth.
The plaque reads:
“On July 26, 1960, a group of black youths sat at the lunch counter in Woolworth’s, a chain department store once located at this site, as a demonstration against the store’s all-white policy for lunch counter service. The demonstration occurred the day after Spartanburg City Council passed a proclamation against sit-ins. The sit-in at the Spartanburg Woolworth’s initiated a series of civil rights protests in Spartanburg throughout the week including further sit-ins at Woolworth’s and Kress’s lunch counters.”
Caroline Sexton, Executive Director of the Spartanburg County Historical Association, says it’s a part of Upstate history that is being recognized for the first time. She says it’s important to remember the history.
“Individually our past makes us who we are today and as a community, our community past makes us who we are today as well and so it’s important to recognize that past and history,” Sexton said.
The plaque will be on display at the former Woolworth location (now the offices of McMillan Pazdan Smith) by the end of the week.
If you’d like to learn more about Spartanburg’s history there are events going on this week as a part of Freedom Summit: Spartanburg’s Heritage 150 Years Ago and Today. For more information, click here.