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“Such an important time in history”

International Civil Rights Center & Museum
Ranked #1 of 72 things to do in Greensboro
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The International Civil Rights Center & Museum (ICRCM), located in Greensboro, N.C., is an archival center, collecting museum and teaching facility devoted to the international struggle for civil and human rights. This national landmark and national site of conscience celebrates the nonviolent protests of the 1960 Greensboro sit-ins that served as a catalyst in the civil rights movement. Our vision is to memorialize the courageous stand of the Greensboro Four as they launched, for posterity, the sit-in movement Feb. 1, 1960. We hope that the ICRCM, with its focus on the sit-in activities at the F.W. Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro in 1960, will inspire the vigilance and fortify the spirit of all oppressed people to step forward in the ongoing struggle for human freedom.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access
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179 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Such an important time in history”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

This museum is located in a F W Woolworth Store in Greensboro. The original counter, seats, tableware and everything from 1960 is there where the first sit -in occurred. The staff gave an excellent tour, the videos were remarkable, the stories from the Civil Rights era can be told over and over. It was very impressive, sobering and haunting. Such courage was displayed by the first four at the sit-in and for those who participated afterwards. It was the beginning of so many changes. I highly recommend. A must see.

Visited September 2013
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Cary, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
134 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Great ongoing History of Civil rights”
Reviewed September 19, 2013

A liitle graphic in spots but true to what really happened. The thoughts I came away with is how much discrimination still exists today and is practiced openly and even encouraged by some political parties. Go see it and your will understand and be amazed.

Visited September 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Wonderful Experience”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

I lived in Greensboro for almost three years before I took the tour at ICRM. It was a terrific experience with a young man who was an excellent docent. This was the actual Woolworth's where nonviolent sit-ins occurred at the lunch counter in 1960. This is a lesson in history that everyone needs to hear. There is usually live music on First Friday, and there's a terrific little gift shop, too. Definitely stop by and take a tour.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank oneandgo
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Southampton, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed September 3, 2013

This museum was the only reason I visited Greensboro - and it was worth it. Fantastic museum, great tour - this is a must see. You will learn so much about Civil Rights history, could not recommend this enough.

Visited August 2013
Thank Hannah M
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 6 Contributor
106 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Learned a lot”
Reviewed August 24, 2013

Finally, I got a chance to visit this museum after many years. I've known the founder for many years and he gave me a private tour of this great museum. After about an hour I learned soo much of the history of the lunch counter.

Visited February 2013
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