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Lunch Counters in Columbus, Georgia Desegregated with No Incidents

Jan. 23, 1962 - Lunch counters in Columbus, Ga., were quietly desegregated today. The city of 118,000, situated near Fort Benning, the largest Army infantry training center in the country, had desegregated its bus, train, and airline facilities earlier, without incident. Today’s move was carried out under a prearranged plan, after months of conferences between Negro leaders and city and store officials. Policemen in civilian clothes were stationed in advance at all locations. Shortly after 2 p.m., Negroes, mostly in pairs, entered the stores and took seats at the lunch counters, where they were served.


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