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SC State honors three killed in Orangeburg Massacre

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ORANGEBURG, S.C. (WCIV) -- Officials at SC State University are holding a 46th Anniversary of the Orangeburg Massacre Commemoration Ceremony this weekend.

On Feb. 8, 1968, students from SC State and Claflin were  protesting a "Whites only" bowling alley.

SC State students Henry Smith and Samuel Hammond along with 19-year-old Wilkinson High School student, Delano Middleton, were killed when South Carolina Highway Patrol Officers fired shots into the crowd of student protestors.

Twenty-eight other students were wounded during what would become known as the Orangeburg Massacre.


Survivors and members of the victims' families will be in attendance at the commemoration ceremony.

John Stroman, a student leader and activist at the time, will be the speaker. The Orangeburg native will share his memories of the incident and discuss racial healing and reconciliation.

The event will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Legacy Plaza. Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium is a backup location if the weather becomes inclement.

A day before the event, a viewing of the documentary, "Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre," will be held.  The show starts at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 7 in the SC State I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium. 

The one-hour documentary highlights the historical events captured more than four decades ago.  That evening, the Stanback will also host an exhibition featuring some of the film's images, captured by civil right photographer and Garden City native, Cecil Williams.


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