A Little Nashville History: New Historical Nashville Sit-In Marker Unveiled

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We are bringing a little Nashville history back today as a new Nashville historical marker was unveiled this past weekend. The new marker highlights the historic Nashville Sit-Ins on February 13, 1960. More than 100 students from local HBCU’s sat in the old Woolworths (now Walgreens) Kress and McClellan stores in downtown Nashville off 5th Ave to fight desegregation. These sit-ins later led to Nashville becoming one of the first major cities to desegregate public places on May 10, 1960.

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To view video of unveiling click HERE.

*photo credit: channel 4 news
*video credit: channel 5 news

 

 

 

 

 

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  • How fitting?!
    And long over due.

    I read about the original sit-ins in Rep. John Lewis’ book Walking in the Wind. Its a shame I’ve lived in Nashville all my life, but knew so little about the birth of Civil Rights Movement in my own back yard.

    In his book, he talks about all the training they had at Clark Memorial (near Fisk) in non-violence tactics and how it lead to their success all across the South (including voter registration in Alabama and Mississippi).

    All that to say, I’m THRILLED about the new Historical Marker.

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