All but one members of the Friendship Nine were from Rock Hill. After leaving Friendship Junior College, they joined the military, enrolled in another college or started successful businesses. All believe the "Jail, No Bail" strategy paved the way to an integrated America. Here's a look at each member:
McCullough died at age 64 on Aug. 7, 2006.
McCullough, valedictorian of Rock Hill's Emmett Scott High School Class of 1960, was called "The Little Professor" by the other members of the Friendship Nine. Described as "brilliant" and "our leader" by his peers, McCullough took an immediate and active role in Rock Hill protests while in high school and at Friendship. He led the Friendship group of Congress of Racial Equality students that turned into the Friendship Nine, and with guidance from CORE organizer Thomas Gaither, captained the idea of "Jail, No Bail" that culminated in the Jan. 31, 1961, protest.
McCullough was instrumental in helping others in the group with schoolwork, and tutored many in several subjects. After graduating form Friendship, McCullough joined the Air Force. Afterward, he graduated from Winthrop with a double degree in business administration and political science, taught at Friendship, and worked for years in the computer services department at Celanese Corp.
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In 2001, McCullough told The Herald this about why the Friendship Nine actions were important.
"Even if not to eat, to get a soda and see that other people were comfortable," McCullough said of sitting at the lunch counter where the original protest and arrest happened. "That was the main thing, seeing that what we did was not in vain. It's like we threw a small pebble in the water, and it's still rippling."