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Honoring the Chapel Hill Nine

On Feb. 28, 1960, nine young men from Chapel Hill's all-black Lincoln High School sat at a booth in the Colonial Drug Store and sought the same service that was given to white customers.

Their courageous step sparked a decade of direct-action civil rights demonstrations in Chapel Hill.

At 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, the Town of Chapel Hill will begin to honor that action by dedicating a site for a permanent historical marker at 405 West Franklin Street, followed by a community celebration at First Baptist Church, 106 N. Roberson St.

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