Our Story

Mission Statement

The International Civil Rights Center & Museum, and iconic Landmark, is a comprehensive Civil Rights museum and an innovative social justice educational organization devoted to the understanding and advancement of civil and human rights at home and around the world. It commemorates the Feb. 1, 1960, sit-ins at a whites-only lunch counter in Greensboro, by the N.C. A&T Four students. Their non-violent direct action challenged America to make good its promises of equality and civic inclusion enunciated in the Constitution. The F.W. Woolworth's five-and-dime site, now home to the Center and Museum, is a monument to the bravery visionary young advocates of full citizenship and social justice.


From left to right: David Richmond, Franklin McCain, Ezell Blair, Jr. (now Jibreel Khazan) and Joseph McNeil.

Experience our permanent galleries with virtual or on-site visits.

Explore the story of the civil rights struggle in the United States as part of the International Civil Rights Center & Museum's permanent galleries, The Battlegrounds. This engaging encounter includes captivating audio/video narratives, pictorial, artifacts, video re-enactments, and interactive components.

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"And Still I Rise!"

Included in the museum's permanent galleries is And Still I Rise!, a tribute to an outstanding array of celebrated artists, athletes, entrepreneurs, and civic figures who broke racially restrictive barriers during the Jim Crow era.

Helen Suzman:
Fighter for Human Rights

The Virtual Exhibit


Participate in thoughtful programming year-round.

From workshops and film screenings, to lectures and cultural events, the International Civil Rights Center & Museum provides a rich calendar of events for all ages and backgrounds.

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Documents & Media Interest

Form 990 (2017)


Form 990 (2018)


Form 990 (2019)


Civil Rights Museum W-9


Sit-In Movement W-9


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Frequently Asked Questions

How is the Museum funded?

The International Civil Rights Center & Museum is a private, self-sustaining 501(c)(3), and receives little to no public monies. Thus, the Museum relies on admissions, gift shop sales, donations, rentals, and grant support to engage its small and professional staff. 

What types of tours do you offer?

The Museum offers both online and on-site tours, diversifying its selections in the COVID-19 pandemic. You may explore our different options here.

Does the Museum offer parking?

The Museum does not have any private parking, though guests are welcome to either park along S. Elm Street (2-hour free, timed parking) or park in either parking deck within a block of the Museum, Greene Street or Davie Street. 

Are pictures and videos allowed in the Museum?

The Museum does not have a license to photograph and distribute images; therefore, photography, videography, and voice recordings are strictly prohibited in the galleries of the Museum, including the Lunch Counter. Guests, however, may take pictures and videos in the lobby area.

Do you have rental space available for events?

Yes! However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, opportunities may be limited. Please call 336-274-9199 ext. 230 for more information.

What is your policy regarding food and beverages?

The Museum does not have an eatery on-site, nor does the Museum allow food, gum, or beverages in the galleries while on tour.