Kamala Harris Visits Historic Woolworth's Lunch Counter Where Sit-In Movement Began

Ryan Grenoble
·National Reporter, HuffPost
·1 min read

In a surprise stop during a visit to Greensboro, North Carolina, on Monday, Vice President Kamala Harris dropped in on the International Civil Rights Center and Museum.

The museum houses what remains of the Woolworth’s five-and-dime where, on Feb. 1, 1960, four Black college students sat at a lunch counter and politely asked for service ― a revolutionary act at the time.

They were rebuffed, but they returned to the whites-only lunch counter day after day in increasing numbers, popularizing the sit-in movement that spread quickly across the South.

Harris reportedly sat in the seat once occupied by Rosa Parks when she visited the museum in the 1990s.

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Harris is shown the once-segregated lunch counter from the original Woolworth's building as she visits Greensboro, North Carolina, on Monday. (Photo: SAUL LOEB via Getty Images)
Harris is shown the once-segregated lunch counter from the original Woolworth's building as she visits Greensboro, North Carolina, on Monday. (Photo: SAUL LOEB via Getty Images)
Harris sits at the lunch counter where four Black college students began a sit-in protest in 1960. (Photo: SAUL LOEB via Getty Images)
Harris sits at the lunch counter where four Black college students began a sit-in protest in 1960. (Photo: SAUL LOEB via Getty Images)

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This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.