[Photo: Geneva Tisdale]

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Woolworth's Lunch-Counter Waitress
Recorded in Greensboro, NC.
Premiered October 23, 1993, on All Things Considered.

Geneva Tisdale was working that day, in 1960, when four young black men sat down at the Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, NC, and asked to be served. The management refused, and protests ensued. Six months of negotiations and sit-ins later, the Woolworth's management changed its policy and chose Geneva Tisdale and two of her co-workers to be the first African-Americans to eat at the lunch counter at which they worked. Thirty years later, Geneva Tisdale was still behind the counter. David Isay interviewed her the day it closed.

Reporter: David Isay / Photograph by Harvey Wang.


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Photo of the Woolworth's lunch counter, as acquired by the Smithsonian Institute.

Photo of a Woolworth's lunch-counter sit-in in Jackson, Mississippi

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