On Jan. 31, 1961, a group of Black men picketed McCrory’s on Main Street in Rock Hill, a segregated lunch counter. They walked in, sat at the counter, and ordered. They focused on maintaining a nonviolent protest.
The following day, they were convicted of trespassing and breach of the peace. They were sentenced to 30 days in jail or to pay a $100 fine. But they were dedicated to the “Jail, No Bail” movement.
One man paid, but the remaining nine opted to stay behind bars, refusing to allow anyone involved in the Civil Rights Movement to pay the fine.
– Jacqueline Gualtieri, The North Carolina 100