Read’s Drug Store, a Part of the Civil Rights Movement

Read’s Drug Store was a Baltimore based chain of drug stores founded in the 1800’s by William Read.

Read's on Lexington Street
Read’s on Lexington Street

The downtown store was one of the first stores involved in the country’s very first anti-segregation sit-in during the early stages of the civil rights movement. The sit-in took place on January 20, 1955 and two days later the store was desegregated.

Source: Kilduffs