From the News & Observer:
…N.C. Central University on Sunday dedicated a section of the original counter used in the February 1960 sit-ins in Durham as the movement spread through the state and across the country. The innocuous-looking counter and orange-padded chrome swivel chairs recalled a tense time when “Negro” students refused to give up their seats while some local whites menaced the young black protesters.
Durham, along with Winston-Salem, were scenes of sit-ins one week after the historic lunch counter sit-in in Greensboro, representing the spread of the movement to Raleigh and beyond.