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  • Monument Name

    Greensboro Four Monument

  • Type

    Sculpture

  • Subjects

    Historic African American Figures

    Educational Institutions

  • Creator

    James Barnhill, Sculptor

  • City

    Greensboro

  • County

    Guilford

  • Description

    This monument provides a larger-than-life portrayal of Jibreel Khazan (then known as Ezell Blair Jr.), Franklin McCain, Joseph McNeil and David Richmond, four NC A&T students who became known as the “Greensboro Four” for their sit-in at Woolworth's department store in 1960. The figures are depicted walking out of Woolworth's after their protest. Located in front of NC A&T’s Dudley Building, the statue took more than 6,000 pounds of clay to create and stands fifteen feet tall. NC A&T Chancellor James Renick proposed the idea in 2001.

  • Inscription

    Under each figure, names from left to right: David Richmond | Franklin McCain | Ezell Blair Jr. / Jibreel Khazan | Joseph McNeil

    Front: FEBRUARY 1 / These four A&T Freshmen envisioned and carried out the lunch counter sit-in / of February 1, 1960 in downtown Greensboro. Their courageous act against / social injustice inspired similar progress across the nation and is remembered as / a defining moment in the struggle for civil rights.

  • Custodian

    North Carolina A&T

  • Dedication Date

    February 1, 2002

  • Decade

    2000s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.074760 , -79.777610 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      Foreman, Allison. “Courage Cast in Bronze - N.C. A&T Celebrates Four Famous Patrons of a Segregated Lunch Counter and the Great Changes They Wrought," Greensboro News & Record, February 2, 2002

      Moore, T.J. “Sculptor captures essence of history,” A&T Register, November 7, 2001, (accessed February 1, 2012) Link

      St. Clair, Randy. “Larger Than Life," A&T Register, February 6, 2002, (accessed February 1, 2012) Link

      “February One Statue - The A&T Four,” North Carolina A&T State, (accessed Feb 9, 2011) Link

      “N.C. A&T Remembers 'Greensboro Four' With New Statue,” Black Issues in Higher Education 19.1 (2002)

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Bronze

  • Sponsors

    NC A&T, Chancellor James Renick

  • Nickname

    Also known as the “February 1 Monument”

  • Subject Notes

    The “Greensboro Four” were four NC A&T freshmen who sat down at the lunch counter of Woolworth’s department store on February 1, 1960. Woolworth’s at that time was “standing-only” for African Americans. Their sit-in helped launch a wave of similar demonstrations across the country.

  • Location

    Located in front of A&T’s Dudley Memorial Building.

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