How the Lunch Counter Became a Civil Rights Symbol

Segregation was on the menu until 1960

The lunch counter is a throwback to the days before fast-food joints dominated America. With its roots in the drug stores of the 1800s, lunch counters were common in five-and-dime (variety) stores in the 1920s.

But it was during the civil rights era that lunch counters gained their…



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Barry Silverstein

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