Integration with Dignity, 1963

Integration with Dignity, 1963 (HM63J)

Location: Clemson, SC 29634 Pickens County
Country: United States of America

N 34° 40.793', W 82° 50.216'

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Clemson University became the first white college or university in the state to integrate on January 28, 1963. Harvey B. Gantt, a Charleston native wanting to study architecture, had applied for admission in 1961. When Clemson delayed admitting him, he sued in federal court in the summer of 1962. President Robert C. Edwards, meanwhile, worked behind the scenes to make plans for Gantt's eventual enrollment.

Edwards and several leading businessmen, politicians, and others drew up an elaborate plan, described as "a conspiracy for peace," designed to ensure that Gantt would enter Clemson without the protests and violence that marked the integration of other Southern universities. After a federal court ruled that Clemson should admit him, Gantt enrolled without incident. He graduated with honors in 1965.
HM NumberHM63J
Marker Number39-9
Year Placed2003
Placed ByClemson University
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Date Added Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 1:46am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 331716 N 3839079
Decimal Degrees34.67988333, -82.83693333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 40.793', W 82° 50.216'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 40' 47.58" N, 82° 50' 12.96" W
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Area Code(s)864
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 22699 Gantt Cir, Clemson SC 29634, US
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