Ordinary everyday places, let's take department stores as an example, can take on a whole new significance if we pause for a moment and take the time to open our eyes and spot those testimonies to our heritage and social change. Well after they have been turned into warehouses, churches or restaurants the faded signs on their walls and their distinctive architectural frontage are there to remind us of our past. Reminding us how difficult it was to get to where we are today.
Such is the case with the Woolworth's stores because about the same time that I was being pushed around a U.K branch in a pram-probably kicking and screaming my head off - four young Americans just sat down at the segregated lunch counter in Greensboro' N.C and changed history.
Many years later, when I was walking around downtown Wilmington, Delaware, I looked up and saw the old store architecture and thought to myself, yes! a museum! What a befitting fate for an old Woolworth's store ; a museum of American History.
Ordinary places play their part in social change, if we only have eyes to see and to remember with.
Delaware History Museum Wilmington
Lunch Counter Smithsonian Museum, D.C
Woolworths history online
To Pick and Mix (British)
to combine things that are not similar, especially things that do not go well together
A better «definition» could be, 'to combine things that are not similar' full stop.
F. W. Woolworth and the American Five and Dime: A Social History (Hardcover)
Remembering Woolworth's: A Nostalgic History of the World's Most Famous Five-and-Dime by Karen Plunkett-Powell
This was a Black history month 2008 article
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