Tupelo marks the spot for historic site

(Susan Parker)
(Susan Parker)
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Updated: 4/26/2013 3:41 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Did you know a Civil Rights era "sit-in" took place right here in Tupelo?

A sign is now in place which tells the story of the F.W. Woolworth store where a "sit-in" was held by a number of African Americans in the 1960's.

A presentation of the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau Heritage Trails Enrichment Program marker was held at what is now Reeds Book Store.

The sign has the full story of the event.

There was a time when people of color were not allowed to sit at the same lunch counter with white diners.

Public water fountains and restrooms were also off limits.

"I think this is an important marker to be the first one. I'm proud and I'm happy for our city," Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau Board of Directors Member Wesley Wells said.

The Heritage Trail will also spotlight the Chickasaw Nation and the Civil War.
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