New civil rights showcase unveiled at Woolworth Theater | Pith in the wind


Next time you walk up Rep. John Lewis Way North, take a minute to look in the new window at 221. On Monday, the owners of the new Woolworth Theater unveiled a miniature museum exhibit in the building’s southernmost window. It includes several stools that once stood at the historic lunch counter, a trench coat similar to the iconic one that civil rights icon John Lewis once wore, as well as a backpack like he used to wear, copies of sound March trilogy of books, art from his graphic novel, and a screen displaying information screens about the civil rights struggle.

The new storefront is the first in what the owners of Woolworth say are ongoing efforts to educate the public about the sit-ins that took place there in the 1960s, and also to preserve the historic building. The future of the Woolworth Building has been on the minds of many Nashvillians. It was named to Historic Nashville Inc.’s 2021 Nashville Nine List, the annual advocacy for spaces that should be preserved.

2022 Woolworth Theater Window Unveiling

Left to right: Keval Sheth, CEO, Woolworth Theatre; Garry Lowe, vice president of the John R. Lewis Legacy Institute and cousin of Rep. John Lewis; Chuck Wicks, owner and creator of the Woolworth Theatre; Jerrick Lewis, nephew of Representative John Lewis; Joe Bravo, Vice President of Operations, Woolworth Theater


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