#BlackHistoryMonth: The Friendship Nine

Friendship NineThe Friendship Nine are a group of men who went to jail in 1961, after staging a sit-in at a segregated McCory’s lunch counter in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The group decided to do “jail no bail”, which was doing 30 days in jail and not paying a $100.00 fine. This saved civil rights groups money from bailing them out of jail. While in jail, the men refused to work twice and they were feed bread and water as punishment. The men were called the Friendship Nine because 8 of the men were students at Rock Hills Friendship Junior College. In January of 2015, 54 years later, the Friendship Nine convictions were overturned. Only eight of the men were alive. The conviction was overturned by the nephew of the original judge who convicted them in 1961. For more information visit here!

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