"The downtown store of Scruggs Vandervoort and Barney was picketed yesterday by members of the youth council of the St. Louis chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in protest against the store's alleged practice of not hiring Negro clerical and sales workers."
-Globe Democrat, August 14, 1960

In the upswing of the civil rights movement department stores such as Scruggs Vandervoort and Barney were criticized for unfair hiring practices. Protests such as the 1960 NAACP demonstration forced stores to change their policies towards the hiring of African Americans in previously restricted positions. This particular protest followed an earlier sit-in at the Woolworth's lunch counter. Minorities standing up for their rights changed policies in other areas as well, such as segregated lunch counters and race specific sales promotions.

Visit lunch counter protests at Woolworths.