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NC sit-in museum founder steps down as funds come

GREENSBORO, N.C. - A former Guilford County politician is stepping down from a top position at the Greensboro civil rights museum he founded, and now the city is sending money to save it.

Former Guilford County Commissioner Melvin "Skip" Alston is stepping down Monday as the chairman of the International Civil Rights Center & Museum. He announced his plans last month, days before Greensboro's city council agreed to loan the financially struggling landmark $1.5 million.

Alston in 1993 co-founded the museum which occupies the former Woolworth building where four students from North Carolina A&T State University staged a lunch counter sit-in for equal rights in 1960.

Some Greensboro council members want to hire an accountant who can track how the museum has handled its money since it opened in 2010.

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