ORANGEBURG, S.C. – One of the nation’s first and most horrific tragedies of the Civil Rights Movement occurred nearly 50 years ago at then-South Carolina State College.
The senseless tragedy known as the Orangeburg Massacre took place Feb. 8, 1968 on the campus. On that fateful evening, three young men, Samuel Hammond Jr., Delano Middleton and Henry Smith, were fatally wounded and 28 students were wounded after S.C. Highway Patrolmen fired into a crowd of students and others on the SC State campus.
The student activists gathered that evening in protest after three nights of escalating racial tension over efforts to desegregate All Star Bowling Lanes, which was located in downtown Orangeburg.
To honor the legacy of the Orangeburg Massacre, SC State University will hold the 48th Orangeburg Massacre Commemoration Ceremony at 3 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016 in Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium.
The Reverend Joseph Darby, presiding elder of the Beaufort District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME), will serve as keynote speaker.