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January

January

1

1808

Legislation passed declaring the transatlantic slave trade is no longer legal on North American soil

1

1863

The 1st all-Black South Carolina Volunteer Regiment comprised of enslaved people was inducted into the United States Army

1

1863

At Camp Saxton in Port Royal, South Carolina, thousands of African Americans gathered to celebrate Emancipation Day on the very day the Proclamation was issued by President Lincoln

5

1954

Hall of Famer and famous University of South Carolina basketball player, Alex English was born in Columbia, SC

7

1973

University of Pittsburgh Wide Receivers Coach and past NFL player, Bobby Engram was born in Camden, SC

8

1971

The Office for Minority Student Affairs at USC is officially organized to represent the needs of the University’s African American students and protest discriminatory treatment of the University’s minority population

9

1963

In his final speech as Governor, Fritz Hollings states that “the day of segregation has passed”

12

1944

Joseph “Smoking Joe” Frasier is born in Beaufort, SC. He would later become an Olympic gold medalist and heavy weight champion

14

1943

Harvey Gantt, the first African American admitted to Clemson University and the first black mayor of Charlotte, NC was born in Charleston, SC

15

1963

Donald Russell is inaugurated as Governor of South Carolina and holds the first integrated inaugural reception in the South Carolina’s history

16

1963

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals orders Clemson University to admit Harvey Gantt allowing him to become the first African American to enroll at Clemson University

17

2000

More than 46,000 protesters rally in a march on the state capitol at Columbia, South Carolina, to protest the Confederate battle flag flying atop the statehouse dome. NAACP chair Kweisi Mfume, the main speaker at the event, called it the greatest civil rights rally since the 1960s

22

1963

Federal District Court Judge C.C. Wyche signs the order admitting Gantt to Clemson University

28

1963

Accompanied by Matthew Perry, Harvey Gantt arrives at Clemson University and enrolls

29

1872

African American clergyman and politician, Francis L. Cardoza is elected the State Treasurer of South Carolina