Greensboro was a successful "New South" city with a strong economic base in textiles and insurance. African American residents did not, however, share in that prosperity. Although white leaders described local race relations as characterized by cooperation and civility, African Americans, who faced discrimination and segregation, did not share that view. Located in downtown Greensboro, the F.W. Woolworth store that became the site of the 1960 sit-in protests was a flagship store for the company. This image shows the store in August 1959. The store closed in 1993 and became the location of the International Civil Rights Center and Museum.
Carol W. Martin, "Elm Street, Showing the Woolworth Building," August 26, 1959, Greensboro Historical Museum Collection.