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Exhibit in Jackson honors 4 civil rights pioneers

March 2, 2021 GMT

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — A new exhibit in the city hall of a West Tennessee city will honor four civil rights pioneers who participated in sit-ins to end racial segregation.

The exhibit at Jackson City Hall will honor former Lane College students Shirlene Mercer, Kimmie Davis, Wesley McClure and Ernest Brooks Sr., the city said in a statement.

Known as the “freshman four,” the activists staged sit-in protests at a Woolworth’s lunch counter in the fall of 1960. The protests led to demonstrations at other downtown Jackson businesses, and their efforts were instrumental in changing segregation laws in the city, the statement said.

The installation will be located on the first floor of city hall and it will be the city’s second Woolworth’s exhibit. The first one can be found at the Old Country Store in Casey Jones Village, a tourist stop near Interstate 40 in Jackson.