The Orangeburg Massacre

Moments In Civil Rights History

On February 8th, 1968, state troopers fired into a mostly black crowd on the campus of South Carolina State College, killing three students and wounding 27 others, in what became known as the "Orangeburg Massacre". Students staged a protest to desegregate a local "whites only" bowling alley and built a bonfire. Police escorted the fire department to extinguish the bonfire, then fired into the crowd. For more on the Orangeburg Massacre, see the first-hand account of Carolyn Snell - The Protest In Orangeburg, SC.

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