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S. Carolina Court Absolves 'Friendship Nine' of 1961 Sit-In Crimes

Black civil rights protesters credited with reinvigorating the 1960s U.S. sit-in movement were absolved Wednesday by a South Carolina court of the convictions lodged against them 54 years ago after they dared to sit at a segregated lunch counter. The men, known as the "Friendship Nine" because most were students at the now-closed Friendship College, knew they would be arrested when they took seats at the popular McCrory's store lunch counter in Rock Hill on January 31,...

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