Historic Markers Across South Carolina

The Orangeburg Massacre

Marker ID: SCHM 38-27
Location: Watson St., near the entrance to the campus of South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC
County: Orangeburg
Coordinates: N 33° 29.701    W 080° 51.308
  33.49501666    -80.85513333
Style: Free Standing **


On February 8, 1968, after three nights of escalating racial tension over efforts by S.C. State College students and others to desegregate the All Star Bowling Lanes, 3 students died and 27 others were wounded on this campus. S.C. Highway Patrolmen fired on a crowd here, killing Samuel Hammond Jr., Delano Middleton, and Henry Smith. This tragedy was the first of its kind on any American college campus.

Erected by South Carolina State University, 2000


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NPS - All Star Bowling Lane
Wikipedia - Orangeburg massacre