Friendship School / Friendship Junior College

Friendship School was incorporated in 1906. During the 41-year tenure of President James A Goudlock, Friendship College reorganized at three levels—an elementary school (grades 1-8), a high school, and a junior college. In 1978 the school received state approval for four-year programs in accounting, business administration and economics. Friendship College made headlines in 1961 when a group of students staged a sit-in at a segregated lunch counter in Rock Hill. Jailed, the students refused bail. In this they established a Civil Rights strategy called “Jail No Bail” and became known as the “Friendship Nine.”

KEYWORDS: FRIENDSHIP NINE, CIVIL RIGHTS, LUNCH COUNTER SIT-IN, ROCK HILL, YORK COUNTY