Historical Marker at LeMoyne-Owen College placed in honor of college students sit in against racial segregation

Historical Marker at LeMoyne-Owen College placed in honor of college students sit in against racial segregation
LeMoyne-Owen Historical Marker

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - On March 8, 1960, seven students sat at the lunch counter of McClellan’s Variety Store Downtown in effort to fight against racial segregation.

The following day, 36 students from LeMoyne College and Owen Junior College participated in sit-ins at Cossitt and Peabody public libraries determined to contribute to the fight against public segregation.

The students, along with five journalists, were arrested.

In honor of their bravery, there will be a Tennessee state historical marker placed at the LeMoyne-Owen College campus at Metropolitan Baptist Church at 11 a.m. as part of the school’s Black History Month.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Douglas Carrboro, senior vice president and regional executive of the Memphis Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Carboro previously served with the City of Memphis as an executive director of the Office of Talent and Human Capital. He is now serving as the city’s first chief learning officer.

The Ridgeway High School Concert Choir, directed by. Ms. Rosalyn Lake, will also perform during the service.

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