Thursday, February 08, 2007
On Feb. 8, 1968, after three nights of escalating racial tension over efforts by students of then-SC State College and others to desegregate the local All-Star Bowling Lanes, three students were killed and 27 others were injured when S.C. Highway Patrolmen opened fire on a crowd of unarmed protesters at the head of campus. The sacrifice of 18-year-old SC State students Henry R. Smith and Samuel Hammond Jr., 17-year-old high school student Delano B. Middleton and the survivors is commemorated each year by the campus community.
Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium
Representative Bakari Sellers (D-SC District 90)
Dr. Emma McCain, survivor