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Desegregation Garden redesigned to honor first African-Americans on USC's campus

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President Pastidies opens the ceremony remembering the past and looking to the future. President Pastidies opens the ceremony remembering the past and looking to the future.
A moment of silence was held to remember Robert G. Anderson, one of the three students. A moment of silence was held to remember Robert G. Anderson, one of the three students.

by Jackie Moreno

Fifty years ago three African-Americans did not receive a warm welcome as they arrived on University of South Carolina's campus to register for classes.  The three were the first black students to enter the university since shortly after reconstruction. 

Friday morning a garden was dedicated to honor those first three African-Americans.  The garden and cerimony brought a month-long celebration remembering 50 years of desegregation at the school to a close. 

President Harris Pastidies welcomed students, faulty, and members of the community to the garden's dedication.

"We felt it was important to create a permanent place on campus to acknowledge the past while anticipating a better future, one of unity, inclusiveness and growth," said Pastidies.

Henrie Treadwell and James L. Solomon, two of the three students who were the first integrated at USC, were also at the ceremony.

"I never thought that I would stand here today, I never even considered that I was walking into history, but in fact I was," said Treadwell

The crowd held a moment of silence to remember the third student, Robert G. Anderson, who passed away recently.

The original garden was built back in 1952 but was redesigned by the inspiration of communication, equality, and diversity.

"I hope you'll notice that the bricks at the beginning of the garden move from a single color to an ever increasing multi-colored blend reflecting the increase in our rich diverse campus," said Pastidies.

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