University of South Carolina

Desegregation Commemoration Garden


--The desegregation commemoration garden will serve as a tribute observing the admission of the first black students, Robert G. Anderson, James L. Solomon and Henrie Monteith, to the university in 1963. The garden redesign is inspired by the ideals of diversity, equality and communication.

--The memorial garden’s focal point is a three-stepped monument, serving as a symbol of the steps of the Osborne Administration Building that formed the podium of the iconic photograph taken of Anderson, Monteith and Solomon in 1963. The words that will be inscripted on the face of the steps will be penned by USC poet Nikky Finney, the John H. Bennett Chair of Creative Writing in the College of Arts and Sciences.

--A circular seating area will have brick pavers interspersed with accent bricks, stone and glass pavers to create a random mosaic of colors and textures.

--South Carolina topiary artist Pearl Fryar will design the three topiaries that will flank the memorial. Fryar, from Bishopville, S.C., is renowned for his topiary creations.

--The Osborne office building and garden were built in 1952.

--The garden is approximately 6,000 square feet.

--The brick wall bordering the garden is the original campus wall constructed in 1835-1836.

--Records indicate that the fountain was built around the same time as the Osborne Administration building, but it will be removed in the new design.

--The architect of the new Osborne garden design is Derek Gruner, the university’s director of facilities planning and programming.

Posted: 09/11/13 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 09/11/13 @ 4:30 PM | Permalink



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