Greensboro Coffee Cups Collaborative Walk, Greensboro

On February 1, 1960 the sit-in movement began. This historic event was commemorated by the creation of eight bronze coffee cups. Installed throughout downtown Greensboro and dedicated on the 50th anniversary of the inspired event when four African American students were refused service when ordering coffee, each bronze sculpture is placed on a stone pedestal, featuring the quote of an outstanding figure. Take the following tour to see seven of the eight pieces of the Coffee Cup Collaborative.
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Greensboro Coffee Cups Collaborative Walk Map

Guide Name: Greensboro Coffee Cups Collaborative Walk
Guide Location: USA » Greensboro (See other walking tours in Greensboro)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Author: ellen
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Education

1) Education

The Education Cup is one of the most notable sculptures of the project. It is a bronze cup pierced by pencils, symbolizing the oppression of black students in educational institutions. This sculpture includes a quote by Booker T. Washington: "I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed." The sculpture was created by Gregory B. Colleton Jr. and is located next to the Central Library on North Church Street.
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In the Face of Strange Fruit

2) In the Face of Strange Fruit

In the Face of Strange Fruit was created by artist Derrick Monk, inspired by the Billie Holiday song Strange Fruit. The sculpture depicts the faces of those who struggled for freedom and equality. Included is a quote by Antoine De Saint-Exupery: "He who is different from me does not impoverish me - he enriches me." The bronze sculpture is located on the lawn of the Greensboro Cultural Center on North Davie Street.
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Cup of Freedom

3) Cup of Freedom

The Cup of Freedom, located next to the International Civil Rights Center and Museum on Elm Street, was created by Greensboro artist Charles Jenkins. On the pedestal is a quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The last cup installed for the project, it was unveiled on the 50th anniversary of the famous sit-in movement, on February 1, 2010.
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Overcome

4) Overcome

Overcome, a coffee cup created by artist Rodney Bennett, is located on the Melvin Municipal Building lawn on South Greene Street. The sculpture includes a quote by Ambrose Redmoon: "Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear."
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Spoons

5) Spoons

Of his sculpture, artist Leo Morrissey has said that the cup, spoons and persons’ profiles represent the sit-in movement, the students and their collaborative spirit against injustice. Included is a quote by John Fitzgerald Kennedy: "It is in the American tradition to stand up for one's rights - even if the new way to stand up for one's rights is to sit down." This stone pedestal and bronze sculpture is located outside the Carolina Theatre on South Greene Street.
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Pearl of Equity

6) Pearl of Equity

The Pearl of Equity is a cup shaped like a flower with a pearl on an oyster shell. The pearl represents the civil rights struggle, the shell the status quo, and the flower symbolizes spring and rebirth. Created by Greensboro artist Timothy L. Daniel, it is located on Hamburger Square on South Elm Street. A plate on the pedestal features a quote by Margaret Mead: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
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Awake

7) Awake

The Awake Coffee Cup, created by Kurt Gabriel, is meant to awaken the world from the deep sleep of indifference. Sculpted with large letters and a chain symbolizing bondage, it is located in front of the J. Douglas Galyon Depot on East Washington Street.

Walking Tours in Greensboro, North Carolina

Create Your Own Walk in Greensboro

Create Your Own Walk in Greensboro

Creating your own self-guided walk in Greensboro is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Greensboro Architecture Tour

Greensboro Architecture Tour

The architectural styles of Greensboro’s buildings include Romanesque, Neoclassical, Gothic, Colonial Revival, Modernist and Post-Modern designs. Many of them date back to the last two centuries and a number of them are included in the National Register of Historic Places. Take the following tour to discover Greensboro’s architectural treasures.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km
Greensboro Downtown Statues and Monuments Walk

Greensboro Downtown Statues and Monuments Walk

Greensboro is where the American Civil Rights Movement began, something immortalized in the city’s numerous monuments and statues. Greensboro is also where famous writer O. Henry was born. In this city you will find additional public artwork, sculptures and monuments to distinguished American figures. Take the following tour to discover the most fascinating statues and monuments Greensboro has to offer.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Greensboro Religious Buildings Tour

Greensboro Religious Buildings Tour

Many of Greensboro’s religious buildings are stunning works of architecture, several of them over one hundred years old. Among the city’s treasures you will find the beautiful First Presbyterian Church, designed in the Gothic style. Discover Greensboro’s most unforgettable religious buildings in the following tour.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Family Entertainment Tour in Greensboro

Family Entertainment Tour in Greensboro

Greensboro has many activities for the entire family, including shops, bakeries, cafes, parks and playgrounds. Its numerous art galleries and studios, as well as the Greensboro Children’s Museum, are wonderful attractions for kids of all ages. Take the following tour to discover the best in Greensboro’s family-friendly locations.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Greensboro contains many cultural venues exhibiting local art, crafts, music and theater performances, numerous art galleries and museums, religious buildings. Take the following tour to better acquaint yourself with the best attractions of Greensboro.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km
Greensboro Museums and Galleries Tour

Greensboro Museums and Galleries Tour

Greensboro, established in 1808, has witnessed much history, which is reflected in the city’s museums. Greensboro boasts numerous art galleries displaying the works of prominent local artists, including watercolor, oil painting, sculpture, graphics, etchings and more. If you want to become better acquainted with the cultural life and history of Greensboro, visit its fabulous museums and galleries highlighted in the following tour.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Greensboro for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Greensboro has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Greensboro, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.