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Greensboro Four Monument.  Courtesy of Prof. Upton
Greensboro Four Monument

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Description: This monument provides a larger-than-life portrayal of Jibreel Khazan (then known as Ezell Blair Jr.), Franklin McCain, Joseph McNeil and David Richmond, four NC A&T students who became known as the "Greensboro Four" for their sit-in at Woolworth's department store in 1960. The figures are depicted walking out of Woolworth's after their protest. Located in front of NC A&T's Dudley Building, the statue took more than 6,000 pounds of clay to create and stands fifteen feet tall. NC A&T Chancellor James Renick proposed the idea in 2001.

Nickname: Also known as the "February 1 Monument"

Under each figure, names from left to right: David Richmond | Franklin McCain | Ezell Blair Jr. / Jibreel Khazan | Joseph McNeil

Front: FEBRUARY 1 / These four A&T Freshmen envisioned and carried out the lunch counter sit-in / of February 1, 1960 in downtown Greensboro. Their courageous act against / social injustice inspired similar progress across the nation and is remembered as / a defining moment in the struggle for civil rights.

Dedication date: 2/1/2002

Creator: James Barnhill, Sculptor

Materials & Techniques: Bronze

Sponsor: NC A&T, Chancellor James Renick

Subject notes: The "Greensboro Four" were four NC A&T freshmen who sat down at the lunch counter of Woolworth's department store on February 1, 1960. Woolworth's at that time was "standing-only" for African Americans. Their sit-in helped launch a wave of similar demonstrations across the country.

Location: Located in front of A&T's Dudley Memorial Building.

City: Greensboro

County: Guilford

Subjects: Educational Institutions,Historic African American Figures

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