Documenting the American South


Going to the Show

Protests outside the Carolina Theater

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Title Protests outside the Carolina Theater
Date 1961
Item Type Photograph
Description In the winter of 1961, the Carolina became a focal point for efforts to desegregate local businesses. When African Americans were denied the opportunity to see the film Porgy and Bess which featured an all-black cast—on the same basis as white patrons, civil rights groups in Chapel Hill launched a protest campaign. Within a few weeks, picketing also began in front of the other downtown theater, the Varsity.
Associated Venues Carolina
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Repository Roland Giduz Photographs
North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill