Royal Ice Cream (Durham, NC)

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The Royal Ice Cream store in Durham, NC, often referred to as the "Royal Ice Cream Bar" or "Royal Ice Cream Parlor", was the site of a civil rights protest on June 23, 1957 when six young African-Americans used the "whites only" entrance and sought table service in the "whites only" section", in violation of the segregation laws then in effect. The store was located in an all-black neighborhood at the time of the protest.

At some point, Royal Ice Cream closed and the building was taken over by Charles Dunham's Food Service (aka "Charlie Dunham's").

The building was purchased in 2004 and demolished in October 2006 by Union Baptist Church, which plans to build a school on the site.

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