1961 February 2

Civil Rights “Jail-in” in Rock Hill, South Carolina


On this day, civil rights demonstrators in Rock Hill, South Carolina, who were arrested for organizing and participating in sit-ins, began a “jail-in” by refusing to post bail, with the intention of filling the local jail. The Rock Hill sit-ins had begun a year earlier, in February 1960, as part of the first wave of national sit-ins, and continued off and on into 1961. Demonstrators were arrested in January 1961, convicted, and sentenced to jail. On this day, they began serving their sentences of “hard labor” at the York County Prison Farm.

Read about the sit-in movement: Howard Zinn, SNCC: The New Abolitionists (1964)

Learn more about the Rock Hill struggle: http://www.crmvet.org/info/rockhill.htm

Hear the music of the Civil Rights Movement (18 songs): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFc8glsWjgU&list=PLYwfZ_bASjn25XLL6KrVH6F4d8TqlTBog

More about the civil rights struggle in Rock Hillhttp://nvdatabase.swarthmore.edu/content/rock-hill-south-carolina-students-sit-us-civil-rights-1960

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