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New South Carolina Historical Marker dedicated at Horseshoe

An official South Carolina Historical Marker was dedicated today at the west end of the Horseshoe, near Lieber College, to acknowledge the history of USC during Reconstruction (1865-77).

  • After the Civil War, a new state constitution mandated that university attendance should be open to all “without regard to race.”
  • During this time, 1873 to 1877, USC was the only public university in the South to desegregate. USC’s first African American student, Henry E. Hane, was admitted in 1873.
  • After Reconstruction, USC was closed for three years and reopened as an all-white institution, which it remained until 1963.

Dedication ceremony: Friday, Jan. 13, 2023, at

Why it matters: South Carolina Historical Markers mark and interpret important places important to an understanding of South Carolina’s past.

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