UNCG Archivists Assist Smithsonian with Documentary
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro has long been a primary source of archival information on the Greensboro sit-ins at Woolworth's.
Now UNCG archivists are working with the Smithsonian Channel to supply background and images for a new documentary on the sit-ins, which began Feb. 1, 1960.
Archivists sent Smithsonian more than 30 images and transcripts of interviews with several UNCG (then Woman's College) alumni who were involved in the sit-ins that first week.
"Seizing Justice: The Greensboro 4" premieres on Smithsonian Sunday, July 25, airing at 8, 9 and 11 p.m. The premiere comes on >the 50th anniversary of the day Woolworth's desegregated its lunch counters.
The sit-ins began when four young black men from North Carolina A&T State College sat down at the Woolworth's lunch counter in downtown Greensboro and asked to be served. Their actions sparked a six-month peaceful protest that played a >pivotal role in the civil rights movement.
"We have material no one else in town seems to have," says Hermann Trojanowski, interim university archivist. "People have come to us for years, particularly this year before the 50th anniversary."
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