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50th anniversary of Woolworth's sit-in recalled

Monday - 5/27/2013, 2:26pm  ET

FILE - In this May 28, 1963 file photograph, a group of whites poured sugar, ketchup and mustard over the heads of Tougaloo College student demonstrators at a sit-in demonstration at a Woolworth's lunch counter in downtown Jackson, Miss. Seated at the counter, from left, are Tougaloo College professor John Salter,and students Joan Trumpauer and Anne Moody. Mississippi is unveiling a marker Tuesday, May 28, 2013 that commemorates a civil rights protest 50 years ago at the downtown Jackson Woolworth’s.(AP Photo/Jackson Daily News, Fred Blackwell, File)

EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi will inaugurate a marker Tuesday recalling a civil rights protest 50 years ago when a white mob attacked a racially mixed group seated at a whites-only lunch counter.

On May 28, 1963, the mob attacked some Tougaloo College students and faculty members who opposed segregation by sitting at the whites-only counter at a Woolworth's five-and-dime store in Jackson. Some of the peaceful demonstrators were beaten. Others were doused with ketchup, mustard and sugar.

The marker is part of the Mississippi Freedom Trail, a series of signs honoring those who challenged segregation. The sit-in was similar to other protests around the South and occurred two weeks before Mississippi NAACP leader Medgar Evers was assassinated in Jackson.

The Woolworth's, which was located on a downtown Jackson street, closed decades ago.


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