Greensboro News & Record // After sitting down at the F.W. Woolworth’s lunch counter on February 1, 1960, David Richmond (left to right), Franklin McCain, Ezell Blair, and Joseph McNeil walked out and had their photo taken by Jack Moebes, a Greensboro Daily News and Greensboro Record photographer. The picture now hangs in the International Civil Rights Center and Museum.
This tiny city block in downtown Greensboro once had a gigantic reputation. Not so much for its charbroiled beef patties — though they, too, were plentiful — but for its colorful characters and their wild shenanigans.
In the 1950s, as Americans hit freshly paved roads in shiny new cars during the postwar boom, a new kind of restaurant took shape: the drive-in. From those first thin patties to the elaborate gourmet hamburgers of today, North Carolina has spent the past 80 years making burger history.