Featuring: High Point – Greensboro – Caswell County

February 11th Monument

On February 11, 1960, 26 high school students, led by Rev. B. Elton Cox, marched from William Penn High School to downtown Woolworth’s to launch the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement in High Point, NC.

The four student organizers for this event were Mary Lou Andrews, Brenda Jean Fountain, Miriam Lynn Fountain, and Andrew Dennis McBride.

Today, a monument and marker commemorate this first organized high school sit-in demonstration in the United States.

Paying Homage to John Coltrane

John Coltrane, at the age of three months, moved with his family to High Point to live with his grandparents and extended family. It was no surprise with his father’s musical talent that he too had a gift.

During his teenage years Coltrane picked up the alto saxophone and showed immediate talent. After the passing of his father, his family had financial struggles. Coltrane’s mother and other family members moved north, and John stayed in High Point to finish High School at William Penn. It was there that he molded his musical talent before taking off to Philadelphia to start his music career.

While he wasn’t born in High Point, the city has claimed Coltrane and honored him with an 8 ft bronzed statue and marker. In addition to the City preserving his childhood home on Underhill Drive, the Friends of John Coltrane, LLC host an annual John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival at Oak Hollow Festival Park.

Each year, thousands of jazz enthusiasts come from across the world to pay tribute to Coltrane and be entertained by top Jazz artists in the industry. An exhibit honoring the musician at High Point Museum features the piano that was in his childhood home, sheet music and photos from his childhood school days among other artifacts.

International Civil Rights Center & Museum

Located in the former F.W. Woolworth retail store, this must-see vital piece of history takes you on a journey into American Civil Rights History with vivid photography, artifacts, video reenactments, and interactive galleries.

It was here that 60 years ago, four teenage NC A&T State University students, known as the A&T Four, sat down at the “Whites Only” lunch counter and began America’s sit-in movement that sparked a nationwide push for equality and justice for all.

Today, the ICRCM stands as a monument of courage and change.

To learn more, visit the website here. 

Thomas Day House/Union Tavern

Thomas Day House/Union Tavern is a federal style tavern (circa 1818) used by Thomas Day for both a residence and a cabinet maker’s shop during the height of his career (1848-61) as the largest luxury furniture manufacturer in NC by 1850. The museum houses Day furniture and architectural elements.