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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.



Thursday, May 10, 2018
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the museum today. The exhibits were very well put together and some of them made me feel a little emotional to know what some of my family members went through during the Jim Crow era. It also made me think about the issues we still face today. I would love to bring my family and friends back for a visit.


Sunday, April 22, 2018
I was fortunate enough to get a private tour of this place before it was completed and open to the public. This was my first time coming to the museum since then and I enjoyed the tour. The tour guide Sage was great and looks like cicely Tyson. I just wish they offered a self guided tour as I felt the guided tour moved on to other sections too fast and I was unable to read everything.

Lesley Ann Noel

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
This was a very moving tour. I went with children who said they felt very empowered in knowing that young people could make so much change. The guide threw his heart and soul into the tour. Thank you to the hardworking staff. No photos allowed so I have none to post unfortunately.

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.

Mary Hunt

Thursday, June 14, 2018
Very informative! Well worth the trip! Guided tour is very entertaining and educational.

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