The vestiges of the African American experience can’t always be found in statues and memorials. Quiet treasures abound in Washington. Make it a point to see them all.
The Greensboro Lunch Counter at the National Museum of American History
The slab of a counter is eight feet long and unassuming, with just four art-deco stools -- two covered in mint-green vinyl, two in salmon-pink. It was in those seats, at that counter in an F.W. Woolworth store, that four Greensboro, N.C., college freshmen launched the sit-in heard around the world on Feb. 1, 1960. The Greensboro sit-in was one of the watershed moments of the civil rights movement, inspiring dozens of similar sit-ins across the country. (Where to see it: National Museum of American History, Second Floor, East Wing, 14th Street and Constitution Ave. NW. 202-633-1000. www.americanhistory.si.edu. Free.)
James M. Thresher/For The Washington Post