Daughter Of Woolworth's Waitress Told Not To Serve Black Men Remembers The Legacy

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Greensboro, NC- The daughter of the Woolworth's waitress told not to serve black men at the counter shares her mom's memories.

A powerful part about the Greensboro Four story comes from the white waitress who was told not to serve those black men at the counter.

On Friday, Ima Edward's daughter, Rebecca Edwards shared her mother's memories with WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford.

Ima was a waitress at the Woolworth's counter for forty years. Rebecca said her mom, Ima didn't realize she was a part of history.

Today, Rebecca still has pictures, memorabilia, and newspaper clippings from 1960. She even has plates, menus, and silverware from the lunch counter during the sit-in movement at Woolworth's.

Her mom went to work day after day despite the racial tension spreading in the store and across the country.

"Finally they got word from corporate office that they could serve them," said Rebecca Edwards, Ima's daughter.

Rebecca has good memories of Franklin McCain. For years, on the anniversary of the sit-in, her mom would meet with The Greensboro Four. Rebecca's mom, Ima died in 2003.

Rebecca believes that a piece of history is gone with McCain's death but she believes the legacy will withstand all the years that pass.

WFMY News 2

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