Franklin Eugene McCain

McCain is one of the original four who took part in the Woolworth sit-ins. He was born Jan 3, 1941, in Union County, North Carolina and reared in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Washington’s Eastern High School in 1959. He received a B.S. degree in chemistry and biology from North Carolina A&T State University in 1964.
While he was an A&T student, he roomed with David Richmond – another of the original sit-in participants – and around the corner from Ezell Blair Jr. and Joseph McNeil on the second floor of Scott Hall.
He joined the Hoechst-Celanese Corporation in 1965 as a chemist, going on to become a section leader in their home furnishings fibers division.
Some of his civic activities in Charlotte include: Co-chairman, “Fighting Back” an anti-drug program; county Capital Budget Advisory Committee member, McColl committee member on city government efficiency; former issues committee chairman, Black Political Caucus; Chairman, the state committee of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board appointed him to a committee concerning resources for magnet schools.
In 1993 he received the Nancy Susan Reynolds award and was appointed to N.C. A&T’s Board of Trustees in 2005. He is now chairman of the Board of Trustees.
McCain married the former Bettye Davis, a Bennett College alumna and former principal of Long Creek Elementary School in Charlotte. She died Jan 2, 2013. They had three sons, Franklin Jr., Wendell and Bertrand, and six grandchildren.
Franklin McCain died Thursday, January 9, 2014. He was buried at Oaklawn Park Cemetery, 1615 Oaklawn Ave., Charlotte.

Sources: News & Record Archive, Charlotte Observer Archive, UNCG's Greensboro Voices

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