Desegregation at Auburn

Desegregation at Auburn (HM1PHV)

Location: Auburn, AL 36849 Lee County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 36.213', W 85° 28.967'

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The first African American student entered the library to register at Auburn University at this site. Acting on a court order, Auburn president Ralph Brown Draughon accepted the application of Harold Franklin as the first African American student in 1963. Hoping to avoid conflicts as had occurred during the desegregation of other universities across the South. Draughon scheduled the registration for Saturday, Jan. 4, 1964, and closed the campus to the public. University officials and FBI agents met Franklin at the nearby Auburn Methodist Church to escort him to campus. State troopers sent by Governor George Wallace blocked their access, forcing Franklin to proceed alone and unprotected. Some protesters assembled nearby, but no violence occurred and registration was concluded peacefully. A century of institutional segregation effectively ended that day, clearing the path for other African American students to enroll and attend Auburn University.
Erected to commemorate 50 years of desegregation at Auburn University
Year Placed2015
Placed ByThe Alabama Historical Association
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Date Added Sunday, November 22nd, 2015 at 5:02pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 642369 N 3608353
Decimal Degrees32.60355000, -85.48278333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 36.213', W 85° 28.967'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 36' 12.78" N, 85° 28' 58.02" W
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Area Code(s)334
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 251-271 W Thach Ave, Auburn AL 36849, US
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