Kress Building ~ Civil Rights Sit-ins
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member garmin_geek
N 32° 46.968 W 079° 56.059
17S E 599797 N 3627710
Quick Description: South Carolina Historical Marker 10-79
Location: South Carolina, United States
Date Posted: 9/7/2013 8:05:12 PM
Waymark Code: WMJ168
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Lat34North
Views: 7

Long Description:

(Side 1)
Kress Building
"This three-story Art Deco building. Built in 1930-31, was a 5- and 10- cent store owned by S.H. Kress & Co. until 1980. Kress, with about 400 American stores, designed its own buildings. This store features a yellow brick facade with colorful and decorative glazed terracotta details typical of Kress's Art Deco designs. A 1941 two-story addition faces Wentworth Street. McCrory Stores bought this building in 1980, operating it under the Kress name until 1992.

(Side 2)
Civil Rights Sit-In
On April 1, 1960, the lunch counter here and those at Woolworth's and W.T. Grant's stores on King St. were the targets of the city's first civil rights "sit-in." Black students from Burke High School were denied service but refused to leave. Arrested for trespassing, they were later convicted and fined. This youth-led protest was the beginning of a broader civil rights movement in Charleston."
Marker Name: Kress Building ~ Civil Rights Sit-ins

Marker Location: City

Type of Marker: Historic Site

Marker number: 10-79

County: Charleston

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