NC city to consider honoring sit-in leader with street signs

August 16, 2019 GMT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina street in the hometown of a leader of a Greensboro sit-in leader may be designated in his honor.

The StarNews of Wilmington reports the city council next month will consider a resolution to designate North Third Street in honor of retired Maj. Gen. Joseph McNeil.

McNeil is a Wilmington native and a graduate of Williston High School. He was one of the four North Carolina A&T State University students who sat at the segregated lunch counter in Woolworth department store on Feb. 1, 1960, and refused to leave.


On Sept. 3, the council will consider a resolution calling for signs to be placed along a city-maintained portion of Third Street. The road’s name would stay the same.

A request for the portion of the street that the state maintains could be made later.


Information from: The StarNews, http://starnewsonline.com