In 1961 a group of 10 Friendship College students staged a sit-in at McCrory’s Lunch Counter to protest segregation. These men were subsequently arrested, and 9 of them refused to pay the fine for these charges. Instead the 9 men would sit in jail for 30 days, starting the “Jail, No Bail” movement. Friendship College has since been closed and torn down, but you can visit the sign and site of the college. Then walk the .7 miles to the site of McCrory’s Lunch Counter, where you’ll see the original lunch counter and stools from 1961.
The Friendship 9 consisted of Willie Edward McCleod, James Frank Wells, Clarence Henner Graham, Thomas Walter Gaither, David “Scoop” Williamson, Robert Lewis McCullough, Mack Cartier Workman, Willie Thomas “Dub” Massey, John Alexander Gaines and Charles Edward Taylor.