Desegregation of the University of Tennessee

Desegregation of the University of Tennessee (HM285L)

Location: Knoxville, TN 37916 Knox County
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N 35° 57.428', W 83° 55.598'

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During a federal lawsuit in 1952, the University of Tennessee opened enrollment in the graduate and law programs of the institution to African Americans. Gene Mitchell Gray enrolled in graduate school, and Lincoln Blakeney enrolled in the College of Law. Facing a legal challenge from African American applicant Theotis Robinson, Jr. to segregation in undergraduate programs, the Board of Trustees opened enrollment in all programs of the university to all races on November 18, 1960. Afreican Americans Charles Edgar Blair, Willie Mae Gillespie, and Theotis Rboinson, Jr. enrolled as undergraduates on january 4, 1961.
HM NumberHM285L
Placed ByTennessee Historical Commission
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Date Added Wednesday, June 6th, 2018 at 7:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 236050 N 3983154
Decimal Degrees35.95713333, -83.92663333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 57.428', W 83° 55.598'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 57' 25.68" N, 83° 55' 35.88" W
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Area Code(s)865
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1401-1459 Circle Dr, Knoxville TN 37916, US
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