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Greensboro - International Civil Rights Center and Museum

134 South Elm Street


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.


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.


Lan Sluder

Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018
On an overnight trip to Greensboro, we visit the International Civil Rights Center & Museum, located in the Downtown Greensboro Historic District. For us, the tour guide, who was excellent, and seeing the Woolworth counter in person really made the visit meaningful to us. I've seen a small section of the lunch counter at the Smithsonian, but seeing it here was different. For one thing, it's quite large. In its time, this must have been quite a business, and I can see why it was selected for the 1960 Greensboro sit-ins. . The museum is set up so that, while a guided tour is required and you can't just wander around on your own, the tours are continuous, and new patrons can join a tour at any point, and then later see the rest of the tour that you may have missed. As noted, our guide was excellent -- friendly, knowledgeable and forceful in her opinions. The museum is designed in a way that segregation as it existed before 1960 (and later as well), really hits home. You can see an actual "Colored" drinking fountain, and you can see a two-sided Coca-Cola machine, where the "white side" has cheaper drinks than the African-American side --this is the "poverty tax," our guide explained. The build itself is of some historical importance. It was designed in the Art Deco style. This is well worth the hour and 15 to 30 minutes that a full tour requires. Cost is now $12 for adults (with a $2 discount with AAA) and $10 for seniors and students (no AAA discount on top of the senior or student discount), children under 5 free. Photos are not allowed in the main part of the museum. However, after the tour you can take photos in the lobby.

Jonathan Brennan

Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018
If you're choosing to visit any Civil Rights Museum, it's likely that you desire to learn a different side of the Civil Rights Movement than that which was taught in our educational system. The guides are who make this tour most interesting and compelling. I heard one visitor say that they wished the tour guides were "less preachy." The only problem with this thought is the guides are speaking from their heart because the museum speaks to the immense difficulties they faced and currently face as being black (broad term) in America. Great tour, passionate and informed guides, eye opening to the realities of our American history which has been marred by injustice and hypocrisy. Enjoy the tour educationally but leave thinking about what YOU can do to make this a country of equality and justice for all.

Freddie Taylor

Monday, Jan. 15, 2018
It was well done “BUT “ u definitely felt the chip on shoulders of guides toward whites. The odd thing was 96% of attendees were non-African Americans. We wanted education instead we got a Lil bit of revenge. The intent was to make whites uncomfortable as blacks were in past@ public places. Mission accomplished I guess

Judy Strang

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018
This is a must see in downtown Greensboro! I can't imagine anyone going through the expertly guided tour and not being moved and changed by it. True stories we should have learned from -- this museum is helping that happen with this unique and powerful educational experience.

Andrew Yang

Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017
I visited this museum three months ago it was an experience to know what happen during the civil war movement. In my opinion, to the eye opening and want to learn more about American history it is pretty good and profitable to see what happen in the past and working together to make America a proud nation for the future. To the closed mind and narrow thinker, it will create tension in their heart while touring the museum. I have came from a country that the government have treated their citizen unfairly like that too. During my visited I learn from both side to prepare me to be a better citizen in the United States.

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