An important historical event involving four African American college students and hundreds of other protesters occurred in Greensboro, North Carolina. The city of Greensboro, NC was named after Nathanael Greene, a major general of the Continental Army who led Americans in battle against Lord Cornwallis in 1781. In the 1960s, Greensboro was a segregated town, along with the southern United States. Starting on February 1, 1960, Ezell Blair Jr., David Richmond, Franklin McCain, and Joseph McNeil began a peaceful protest after not being served their order in a white-only Woolworth restaurant. These four young males felt the injustices that they were experiencing because of their skin complexion were unfair. The four students and other protestors would come to the Woolworth food counter everyday and produce a non-violent protest. The Greensboro Woolworth restaurant was desegregated by the end of July.