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A section of lunch counter from the Greensboro, North Carolina Woolworth's where the Greensboro sit-ins began is now preserved in the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History

A lunch counter is a small restaurant, much like a diner, where the patron sits on a stool on one side of the bar and the server serves from the other side of the bar, where the kitchen is. As the name suggests, they were most widely used for the lunch meal. Woolworths opened their first luncheonette in New Albany, Indiana and expanded rapidly from there.[1] Lunch counters were often found in other five and dime stores, like S. H. Kress, H.L. Green, McLellan's or McCrory's.

Integrating lunch counters in the Southern United States through the use of sit-ins in the 1960s was a major accomplishment of the Civil Rights Movement. These involved minorities and their supporters sitting at the lunch counter in areas designated for whites-only, demanding service.

Lunch Counter is also the name of a famous whitewater section of the Snake River south of Jackson, Wyoming in the United States. Dave Hansen, founder of Dave Hansen Whitewater in Jackson, Wyoming is generally credited with naming this section of the river. [2]

There are many lunch counters and diners in the United States. In the San Francisco area there is an old street car diner.[citation needed]

References

  1. ^ Barksdale, David C. & Sekula, Robyn Davis (2005). New Albany in Vintage Postcards, p. 2; ISBN 978-0738533865
  2. ^ [1] "Lunch Counter, Wyoming"

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