Justice was served half a century later as the Friendship Nine, a group of black student protesters who were arrested for staging a sit-in at a “whites only” restaurant, were exonerated of all charges on Wednesday.
Seven out of the nine men appeared in court yesterday to hear the judge drop the convictions against the famed civil rights group. The sit-in took place in 1961 in Rock Hill, South Carolina during the Civil Rights Movement. The group was named after Friendship College, the school most of them attended at the time. After tentatively sitting in the “whites only” section of McCrory’s 5-10-25 Cent Variety Store, the men were arrested for trespassing.
Because civil rights groups would post bail for protesters, the men refused the offer to give the police their hard-earned money. Instead, they decided to perform hard labor for 30 days.
The men stood in court Wednesday with their original lawyer, retired…
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