1963-2013: Desegregation—Integration

The Reconstruction University of South Carolina

education students, circa 1874

              During the mid-19th century Reconstruction era, University of South Carolina was the only southern state university to enroll black and white students. In the fall of 1873, Henry E. Haynes (the Republican Secretary of State for South Carolina) was the first enrolled black student at the University. Approximately 150 African Americans would subsequently register in graduate, collegiate, and preparatory programs with 90% of the student body being African American by 1875. During the spring of 1877, the school was closed by Governor Wade Hampton and later re-opened in 1880 as a whites-only segregated state institution.      


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