Release Date: January 26,2016

History Museum hosts talk on 1960s protest

Ryan Murphy Contact Reporter

Almost 56 years ago, three students from what is now known as Hampton University walked into the F.W. Woolworth’s at the heart of Hampton’s downtown commercial district and sat down at the lunch counter, which was off limits to blacks.

In the following weeks and months, many more Hampton Institute students had spread out to stage sit-ins at segregated spots all over Hampton and Newport News.

The Hampton History Museum will host another of its oral history events to commemorate that effort toward integration, featuring speakers from the Woolworth’s protest.

The event is free and open to the public and encourages participation from the audience – if you were there, the museum wants you to share.

The program starts at 7 p.m. Jan. 28. For more information, contact the museum at 757-726-1610.