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Commemorating 60th anniversary of desegregation

archival image of three Black students enrolling at USC in 1963

The University of South Carolina will commemorate the 60th anniversary of desegregation with a monument groundbreaking at the site where a statue will be placed in early 2024 to honor the three Black students, Henrie Monteith Treadwell, Robert G. Anderson and James L. Solomon Jr., who enrolled six decades ago.

In addition to the groundbreaking, additional events will be held Sept. 10-11.

Sept. 10

  • 4 p.m. - The Many Lives of Andrew Young. A conversation with the Honorable Andrew Young and Atlanta Journal Constitution journalist Ernie Suggs in the Karen J. Williams Courtroom, School of Law

Sept. 11

  • 9 a.m. - The commemoration and groundbreaking for the desegregation monument at McKissick Museum, Horseshoe
  • 10 a.m. - Plaque unveiling in honor of James Solomon Jr., the first Black graduate student in mathematics in LeConte College, College of Arts and Sciences
  • 6 p.m. - A conversation with Henrie Monteith Treadwell and Beryl Dakers in the Capstone House campus room.

Why it matters: Sept. 11, 1963, marked the beginning of desegregation at the university. Because of the courage of these three students 60 years ago, the university is a diverse campus with students from all nationalities, races and ethnicities.