Coming Sunday

The Post and Courier explores the significance of the Kress sit-in — what it meant for its participants, for the freedom movement and for Charleston.

A historic marker to commemorate a lunch counter protest against segregation will be unveiled Sunday in downtown Charleston.

If you go

WHAT: Civil rights era historic marker unveiling at Kress building

WHEN: 3 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Kress building, 281 King St.

COST: Free

MORE INFO: A reception, hosted by the Moore & Van Allen Law Firm, current tenant in the building, will follow the ceremony. For more on the Preservation Society’s programs, including “Seven to Save,” visit

The marker, installed on King Street near Wentworth Street, pays tribute to the April 1, 1960, sit-in at the S.H. Kress & Co. store, a direct action protest conducted by Burke High School students that thrust the city into the main currents of the civil rights movement.

The event is organized by The Preservation Society of Charleston, which has been working to identify five civil rights era sites to formally recognize with markers.

The 3 p.m. ceremony at the Kress building will feature comments by Minerva Brown King and Cecelia Gordon Rogers, both of whom took part in the demonstration.