University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg

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This courtyard was named the Armstrong-Branch Plaza after the first two African-American students to attend The University of Southern Mississippi, Gwendolyn Elaine Armstrong and Raylawni Young Branch. Both women attended their first day of classes at the university in September, 1965.

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One Response to University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg

  1. Marianne Neba says:

    I really appreciate the fact that the University of Southern Mississippi takes such pride in preserving the history of the African Americans. It gives the opportunity to people like me to learned about the struggle and success not just by reading books and articles but by viewing the plaza as well as other monuments and listening to the oral recordings of African American after the Civil War and during the Civil Rights movement.

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