The Sit-in Students Captured on Film


On February 1, 1960 photographer Jack Moebes arrived at F.W. Woolworth just as the store was closing. A small crowd had gathered to witness the sit-in, but store manager Curley Harris would not allow him to take photographs. He waited until the four students came out of a side entrance, then asked them to pose for him walking down the sidewalk. The photograph was not printed in the Greensboro newspaper, which was not interested in promoting the cause of the protesters, but became famous ten years later at the anniversary.


"David Richmond, Franklin McCain, Ezell Blair, Joseph McNeil, are seen leaving the Woolworth store on February 1, 1960," Photo by Jack Moebes, Greensboro Daily News.