Investigations

Woolworth Sign

The Case:

Matt Flynt of Winston-Salem, NC thinks he may have snatched up a remnant of American Civil Rights history.

Perusing Craig’s List, Matt saw an ad for two “F.W. Woolworth Co.” signs. He’s a history buff and he knows desegregation sit-ins took place at a Winston-Salem Woolworth’s lunch counter in 1960. The seller claims he helped clean out a closed Winston-Salem store in the 1990s. He found these signs on the floor and they’ve been sitting in his basement ever since. 

Matt asks History Detectives host Tukufu Zuberi to find out whether these signs were part of the scene in an early victory for Civil Rights.

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Aired:
Season 10, Episode 5

Detective:
Tukufu Zuberi Location:
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

More Information

Forsyth County Public Library
660 West Fifth Street
Winston-Salem, N. C. 27101
www.forsyth.cc/library/

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