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Let Us March On

Between the 1950s and 1970s, university students were one of the primary catalysts for civil rights activism in Raleigh. From sit-ins at lunch counters (a sit-in at the Woolworth's in March 1960 is pictured above) to protest marches downtown, the efforts of students and other activists brought about integration. Let Us March On: Raleigh's Journey Toward Civil Rights is a collection of 40 photographs that examines the city's role in the civil rights movement. Dusty Wescott, curator at the Raleigh City Museum, says the exhibit addresses the local aspects of the movement, rather than the overall issue of civil rights. Pulled from personal photographs and the collection at the State Archives and History building, the pictures tell a story of protest, activism and inevitable change in the state capital. "The Raleigh Civil Rights exhibit will always be a part of our museum," says Wescott. "When we get our permanent exhibit this will transform, but it will not disappear." Let Us March On is showing at the Raleigh City Museum, 220 Fayetteville Street Mall, Raleigh. Museum hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays. Call 832-3775 for details. --olufunke moses

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