Kimberly Johnson, center, chats with James Wells, left, and Thomas Gaither on Saturday night at the Old Town Bistro counter. Fifty years ago, Wells, Gaither and other Friendship College students gathered briefly at the same counter and tried to order a meal. They were forcibly removed, then arrested.
Known as the Friendship Nine, this group of young black men helped change the direction of the Civil Rights movement when they refused to pay their bail and worked in a prison camp. Saturday's gala at the Palmetto Room of the Bistro culminated a series of 50th anniversary events honoring these men.
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