This historic marker stands in front of historic McCrory’s Five & Dine, where on Feb. 12, 1960, black students from Friendship Junior College in Rock Hill were denied service at the lunch counter but refused to leave. Almost a year later, on Jan. 31, 1961, 10 students from the college were arrested when they refused to leave McCrory’s. Nine would not pay their fines and became the first civil rights sit-in protesters in the nation to serve jail time. This new “jail, no bail” strategy by the group that became known as the “Friendship Nine” was soon adopted as the model for the Freedom Rides of 1961.

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Phone: 803-328-3463

Address: 135 East Main Street, Rock Hill, SC, United States

Online Resources

http://friendship9.org/

McCrory’s Five & Dine

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