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Site of Former Downtown Durham Woolworth Store

  • 124 W Main St
  • Durham, NC 27701

Site of 1960 lunch counter sit-in where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. appeared and first endorsed direct but non-violent confrontation with segregation laws. King's famous "Fill up the jails" speech in Durham followed. Sit-ins were pioneered by King's classmate, Rev. Douglas Moore of Durham, then spread throughout the South.

A portion of the historic Durham Woolworth counter as well as its seats and a pie rack are on display in the lobby of the Shepard Library at North Carolina Central University.

  • Free Admission All The Time:
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Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau
212 W Main St #101
Durham, NC 27701 USA
Phone: (919) 687-0288
Toll Free: (800) 446-8604