This Day in People's History

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Feb. 27, 1960: McKenney Library Sit-in

In attempting to end segregation at the William R. McKenney Central Library in Petersburg, Virginia, a large group of African American students, clergy, and protesters ultimately ended segregation at all lunch counters, the public library, and numerous other spaces in the city by year’s end.
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Feb. 26, 1870: Wyatt Outlaw Murdered

Wyatt Outlaw, a Union veteran who became the first Black town commissioner of Graham, North Carolina, was seized from his home and lynched by members of the Ku Klux Klan known as the White Brotherhood, which controlled the county.
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