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Civil rights snack counter returns to St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE – A 1960s civil rights era landmark is returning to its St. Augustine roots.

The Woolworth’s counter where four African-American teenagers were arrested after attempting to order Cokes and hamburgers in 1963 will be on display in the downtown Wells Fargo Bank. The site marks the former home of the Woolworths where the teens protested the all-white lunch counter. The group served six months in jail for refusing to move and became known as the “The St. Augustine Four.”

The St. Augustine Record reported Saturday (http://bit.ly/1nsq3wI ) the original counter and related relics will be on display, thanks to Mayor Joe Boles who lent it to the bank. The counter will also be part of the city’s exhibition this year celebrating 450 years since St. Augustine was settled by Spanish explorers.

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