February One is a monument dedicated to Ezell Blair, jr., Franklin McCain, Joseph McNeil, and David Richmond who were collectively known as the Greensboro Four. The Greensboro Four were a group of A & T students who on February 1st, 1960 staged a sit-in in Greensboro at Woolworth in protest of the company’s policy of segregating its lunch counters. Not long after their protest, sit-ins became a significant aspect of the Civil Rights Movement and began occurring across the South, including the North Carolina cities of Charlotte, Durham, and Winston-Salem.
James Barnhill was commissioned by A & T University to create these four larger-than-life sculptures out of bronze in 2002. Barnhill is a native of Asheville, North Carolina and has contributed several other sculptures to Greensboro’s public art.
Photos taken by Lynn Donovan and Action Greensboro
Location: Dowdy Bldg, Greensboro, NC 27401