It was 50 years ago that the first African-American students enrolled at the University of South Carolina.
USC invited them to retrace their historic steps on campus in ceremonies Wednesday marking the desegregation anniversary.
Henrie Monteith Treadwell recalled the importance of climbing the steps of the Osborne Administration Building in 1963.
“So many people walked up those steps with me...carried me up those steps...and they were people from across the state, across the nation, students from every university...individuals who advocated, who wanted to make sure that we turned that corner,” Treadwell said.
James Solomon said important progress has been made in racial equality over the past five decades, but added, “We must also use it as a measure of where we can be in the near future. I see signs of things happening that causes me concern...perhaps even worry. Poverty is still too prevalent in this state, in this country and in the world.”
Robert Anderson, the third black student to enroll, died in 2009 but family members represented him at the ceremony.
The honorees also broke ground on a new garden on campus for the anniversary.