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Famed SC Civil Rights Protesters to Have Records Erased

Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 07:21 AM

Nine black men are getting a new day in court in South Carolina, 54 years after they served a month of hard labor for ordering food at a whites-only lunch counter.

A prosecutor is expected to ask a judge to vacate the trespassing and breach-of-peace convictions of the men known as the Friendship Nine.

Eight Friendship Junior College students and a civil rights organizer were arrested in February 1961 for ordering lunch from a whites-only counter in Rock Hill. Convicted of trespassing and breach of peace, the men opted for a month's hard labor rather than allow bail to be posted for them by civil rights groups.

Their no-bail example was followed by other demonstrators throughout the South.

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Nine black men are getting a new day in court in South Carolina, 54 years after they served a month of hard labor for ordering food at a whites-only lunch counter.A prosecutor is expected to ask a judge to vacate the trespassing and breach-of-peace convictions of the men...
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