In the summer of 1958, two dozen students from Wichita staged what would become the first successful student-led lunch counter sit-in of the Civil Rights movement. By August 11, 1958, they had desegregated the Dockum Drug Store lunch counter in Wichita, Kansas, and all Rexall Drug Stores throughout the State of Kansas. The protest began on July 19, 1958 in downtown Wichita at the Dockum Drug Store, making 2018 the 60th anniversary of the historic event.
Today, there is a drugstore counter sculpture in Chester I. Lewis Reflection Square Park at 205 W. Douglas Ave., and the Ambassador Hotel Wichita now sits where the historic Dockum Drug Store once was, complete with a speakeasy named Dockum tucked in the basement. In addition to the sculpture, an exhibit detailing the Dockum sit-in can be found at the Wichita-Sedgwick Co. Historical Museum at 204 S. Main, just blocks away from the sit-in site.
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