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    International Civil Rights MuseumInternational Civil Rights Museum Greensboro, North Carolina
    The International Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina is housed in the former Woolworth's, where the famous Greensboro sit-ins occurred in 1960, and its aim today is to memorialize the actions of the four students from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T), the civil rights movement and the thousands that would join them in the daily sit-ins as well as those folks around the nation that would take part in them as well. It opened on February 1, 2010, on the 50th anniversary of the initial sit-in, with ribbon cutting and opening ceremonies. The Woolworth building was scheduled to be torn down in 1993, after being open since 1939, but local radio station 102 JAMZ started a petition drive to save the structure, as well as having morning personality, Dr. Michael Lyn n broadcasting in the front of the building both day and night trying to save that historic building. The petition was able to collect 18,000 signatures that included Jesse Jackson, Jr. that had come down to visit the location, endorsed their outstanding efforts and even joined in with the live broadcast. Within three days, the F. W. Woolworth company would announce that they would hold on to the building until financing could be arranged to purchase the old building. Finally, in 2001, the museum became a reality, but despite millions in donations, the museum would suffer money problems for a number of years. The museum's 50th anniversary drew near, with the money problems still suffering, but with tax credits and more donations the museum was completed and now houses 30,000 square feet of spaces filled with the memories and relics of that fateful day more than half a century ago.

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    Greensboro Historical MuseumGreensboro Historical Museum Greensboro, North Carolina
    The Greensboro Historical Museum celebrates the city's local culture and prominent place in history, with collections that document the numerous different nationalities and people that impacted the county's history that included; Germans, African Americans, Native Americans, Quakers, Scot-Irish and others. Their archives and relics pertain to the lives of important Guilford County residents, like Governor John Motley Morehead, David Caldwell, First Lady Dolly Madison, educator Charles Henry Moore and author O. Henry. Current exhibitions include; Caldwell Historical Center, Voices of a City, Historic buildings, Welcome to the Gate City!, Confederate firearms, Dolly Madison and Down Home: Jewish Life in North Carolina. One of the finest collections of Dolly Madison, one of our nation's First Ladies, was an icon, heroine and fashionista in the state where this fine lady was born, and the only First Lady born here. She has become one of the most celebrated daughters of the region. Her exhibit is splendid and informative, describing more details about her life than most people would ever learn, unless they came to the museum to learn it all firsthand. There is a magnificent peach colored silk gown from Dolly that was donated by her great, great niece and the great granddaughter of Dolly's youngest sister, Mary Payne Jackson and was the first piece of that collection. Her memorial association purchased a collection of hers in 1960 and then donated it to the museum in 1963, with numerous items of personal use from Montpelier and the descendants of James Madison. A postage stamp was added in 1980, and a silver dollar minted in 1999 would also be added. It is a marvelous collection and one that showcases the styles and interests of ladies during that period of history.

April 26, 2011