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Museum exhibit highlights lunch counter sit-ins on 50th anniversary

(WMC-TV) - On the first day of Black History Month, a new exhibit highlights those who laid the foundation for the Civil Rights movement. 

The exhibit is on display at the Alex Haley Museum in Henning, Tennessee.

Named " We Shall Not Be Moved ", the exhibit focuses on their efforts over 50 years since the first demonstrations. 

The early 1960's were a turbulent time in Tennessee.  African Americans all across the state were doing all they could to fight for equal rights.   

"Not being able to go where we wanted to go, to movie theaters, to lunch counters, department stores and do certain things others were allowed to do," said museum director Paula Boger.

The exhibit highlights the lunch counter sit-ins that started in Nashville and moved across the state.

On February 13th, 1960, downtown Nashville department stores were targeted.

African Americans could shop at these stores and spend their money, but they were refused service at the lunch counters.

That was when high school and college students decided to risk sitting down and being served.

"There's a strong constitution in your head and in your heart to want to make a difference and they were willing to sacrifice their lives in order to make these changes," said Boger.

Boger was a student at Tennessee State just after the state-wide demonstrations.  She said she is where she is today because of their efforts.

"We can't help but applaud them loudly for their bravery, for their courage and for their stance that we shall not be moved," she added.

This exhibit is on display at the Alex Haley Museum now through March 8th. 

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