On February 1, 1960, four young men, students at North Carolina A & T, asked to be served while seated at the Woolworth's lunch counter in downtown Greensboro.  

Joseph McNeil, Franklin McCain, Ezell Blair Jr., and David Richmond inspired the sit-in movement that would spread across the American South and the United States, eventually involving over 70,000 protestors.  Their actions would lead to the integration of lunch counters and other eating establishments.  

Help us honor Wilmington native and retired Major General Joseph McNeil in his lifetime with public art that tells the story of a native son who helped change the course of American history!

A life-sized bronze statue by Carolina Bronze Foundry, who also created NC A&T's monument, costs $100,000. 

Joe Finley, co-founder of Wilmington employer Castlebranch, has generously created a $5000 challenge pledge for this project.  

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Let's honor Major General Joseph McNeil in his lifetime!
The Arts Council of Wilmington/NHC, a 501(c)(3) organization is pleased to serve as fiscal agent for this community campaign.

Our mission is to support artists and arts organizations through innovative public/private partnerships that support jobs, stimulate commerce, and showcase the region as an arts destination.  More information is available at www.artswilmington.org.