Town plans to erect monument on 60th anniversary of sit-in

By Annabeth Poe

Members of the “Chapel Hill Nine,” who led a 1960 sit-in at a Franklin St. drug store, are honored at a ceremony this week. (Annabeth Poe/Carolina Connection).

Thursday, a crowd gathered outside the former Colonial Drug Store to honor nine African-American high school students who 59 years ago orchestrated a sit-in. Town historians say it was the only sit-in in the country exclusively led by high-schoolers. Their actions helped launch the civil rights movement in Chapel Hill.

For the 60th anniversary next year, the town plans to erect a monument in their honor.

Annabeth Poe reports.

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