At the time of the closing of the Greensboro Woolworth's store, the National Park Service (NPS) investigated having the site declared a National Historical Landmark. In doing so the NPS Chief Historian approached the National Museum of American History requesting that the museum not remove a portion of the lunch counter for preservation in the museum. Thus, while the portion of the lunch counter did end up in NMAH's collections, there were also other possible preservation plans. Currently, the Woolworth building is part of a downtown historic district, but it was not designated a National Historic Landmark. It is the site of the International Civil Rights Center and Museum.
Letter from National Park Service Chief Historian to National Museum of American History Director, Woolworth Lunch Counter (Accession No. 1994.0156), Office of the Registrar, National Museum of American History.