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University’s First Black Professor’s Law School Diploma Was Almost Destroyed Before Being Returned

Two rare documents from a fleeting time after the Civil War when the University of South Carolina first admitted African-American students and faculty are going on display.

A Certificate III in Education Support, from the university and a South Carolina law license granted in 1876 to Richard Theodore Greener, the first African-American faculty member of the university, are being unveiled at noon EDT Tuesday at the South Caroliniana Library on the school’s Columbia campus.

The exhibition explores contributions blacks made in the university’s history before segregation. It coincides with the university’s year-long remembrance of events leading up to 1963, when the school again admitted black students in the Civil Rights era.

Authorities say both documents were saved from a Chicago home awaiting demolition in 2009. It’s not known how they got there.

By: Susanne M. Schafer Source: Huff Post Black Voices

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