I have to give thanks to the University Special Collections at Edith Garland Dupre' Library, particularly the staff of the Louisiana Room. I completed this project using its University Archives & Manuscripts. I would also like to thank Dr. Michael Martin of the Center for Louisiana Studies and Lauren Feltner for discussing the history of this case with me.
The image pictured in the 3-D tour is located on the corner of Rex Street and St. Mary Boulevard on UL Lafayette's campus. I encourage all those interested in this case to visit, read the plaques, and the names of the brave students who diversified this campus.
The Beginning & The Participants Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now known as UL Lafayette) is a state-funded public university in Lafayette, Louisiana. The University offers its students a wide variety of curriculum with senior c
Community Reactions In the graphics shown below, former Lafayette resident and SLI Professor, Julius Gassner reveals not only his attitude toward integration, but the reactions of other community and faculty members in
Honoring a LegacyUL-Lafayette has honored its first African-American students in multiple ways. During the Fall 2004 graduation Clara Dell Constantine Broussard, Shirley Taylor Gresham, Martha Jane Conway Bossett and
On January 8, 1954, Clara Dell Constantine, Martha Jane Conway, Charles Vincent Singleton, and Shirly Taylor filed a lawsuit against UL-Lafayette's administration (then Southwestern Louisiana Institute) Denied entry because of their race, attorneys Thurgood Marshall & A.P. Tureaud filed a class action complaint that would end with SLI becoming the first all-white public University admitting 70 to 80 African American students in the Fall of 1954.
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