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Sit-in anniversary to be marked in Montgomery

February 23, 2019

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An event next week will honor university students who led a 1960 sit-in at a whites-only courthouse lunch counter.

Alabama State University said in a news release that resolutions by the Montgomery City Council and Montgomery County Commission that acknowledge the “wrongs from the past” will be presented Monday to the university president.

The students from the historically black university on Feb. 25, 1960 staged a sit-in at the whites-only lunch counter at the Montgomery County Courthouse. It was the first known sit-in in Alabama to defy segregation laws.

The students were arrested and prosecuted.

The event is being held on the 59th anniversary of the protest.