Woolworth Lunch Counter Sit-in Historical Marker Unveiling

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They took a stand by sitting down. Saturday a permanent historical marker will be unveiled in honor of those who organized and participated in the lunch counter sit-ins at Tampa’s former F.W. Woolworth store at 801 North Franklin Street in Downtown Tampa 58 years ago.


Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Hillsborough County Commissioners Lesley “Les” Miller, Jr. and Sandra Murman are scheduled to attend the event where organizers and former high school student demonstrators will be recognized for their courageous efforts to protest segregation. Their efforts kicked off weeks of non-violent protests that eventually led to Tampa’s lunch counters being integrated.


The historical marker lists the names of dozens of people who took part in the protests that started on February 29th, 1960 and included students from George S. Middleton High School and Howard W. Blake High School. Their names are engraved on the marker which also includes two historical images.


Mayor Bob Buckhorn, City of Tampa

Hillsborough County Commissioner Lesley “Les” Miller, Jr./District 3 

Clarence Fort – Led Tampa’s Lunch Counter Sit-Ins

Arthenia Joyner – Former Florida Senator/Student Protestor



Historical Marker Unveiling



May 19th, at 10:00 a.m.



801 North Franklin Street, Downtown Tampa in front of the former F.W. Woolworth store.

For additional information, please contact:
Ashley Bauman, Marketing & Communications Director
(813) 274-8262