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The original portion of the lunch counter and stools where the four students sat on Feb. 1, 1960, has never been moved from its original footprint.

ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS CENTER & MUSEUM

The February One Monument on North Carolina A&T University Campus

The February One Monument on the campus of North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro, N.C., stands a memorial to the courage, sacrifice and commitment four N.C. A&T freshmen (Franklin McCain, Joseph McNeil, Ezell Blair, Jr. and David Richmond) demonstrated on February 1, 1960. On that cold, first day of February, these young men sat down at the "whites only" lunch counter and ignited America's sit-in movement.

Vision

We seek to memorialize the courageous stand of the Greensboro Four as they launched, for posterity, the sit-in movement on February 1, 1960. We hope that the International Civil Rights Center & Museum, with its focus on the sit-in activities at the F.W. Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro in 1960, will inspire the vigilance and fortify the spirit of all oppressed people to step forward in the on-going struggle for human freedom.

Mission

The ICRCM seeks to ensure that the world never forgets the courage displayed by four young North Carolina A&T State College students, on February 1, 1960, and the hundreds and thousands of college and community youth in Greensboro, in the South and around the country who joined them in the days and weeks that followed which led to the desegregation of the Woolworth lunch counter and ultimately to the smashing of the despicable segregation system in the southern United States. The ICRCM seeks to preserve the legacy and the significance of that event by demonstrating why, in the current context, such inherently evil, institutionalized oppression has no place in the human race. The International Civil Rights Center & Museum exists as a testimony to courage and the potential of unified people on the right side of history to make change. The ICRCM will be a gift from the citizens of North Carolina to the nation and the world. We build this monument for their benefit.