McCrory’s Five & Dime: The “Friendship Nine” and the Sit-In Movement in Rock Hill

This historic marker stands in front of historic McCrory’s Five & Dime, where on Feb. 12, 1960, black students from Friendship Junior College in Rock Hill were denied service at the lunch counter but refused to leave.  Roughly a year later, 10 students from Friendship Jr. College were arrested when they refused to leave McCrory’s.  Nine refused to pay their fines and became the first Civil Rights sit-in protesters in the nation to serve jail time.  This new “Jail No Bail” strategy by the “Friendship Nine” was soon adopted as the model strategy for the Freedom Rides of 1961.  The restaurant closed in January 2019.

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