Black scholar’s post-Civil War diploma discovered

SUSANNE M. SCHAFER, Associated Press
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University of South Carolina archivist Elizabeth Cassidy West shows the diploma earned by Richard Theodore Greener on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

University of South Carolina archivist Elizabeth Cassidy West shows the diploma earned by Richard Theodore Greener on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Two rare documents from a fleeting time after the Civil War when the University of South Carolina first admitted African-American students and faculty have gone on display.

A law school diploma from the university and a South Carolina law license granted in 1876 to Richard Theodore Greener, the first African-American faculty member of the university, are being unveiled at noon EDT Tuesday at the South Carolinian Library on the school’s Columbia campus.

This photo provided by the University of South Carolina shows a portrait of Richard Greener painted by Larry Lebby in 1984. (AP Photo/ University of South Carolina, Keith McGraw)

This photo provided by the University of South Carolina shows a portrait of Richard Greener painted by Larry Lebby in 1984. (AP Photo/ University of South Carolina, Keith McGraw)

The exhibition explores contributions blacks made in the university’s history and in its desegregation in 1963. The exhibition coincides with a yearlong remembrance of events leading to that desegregation, when the school again admitted black students in the Civil Rights era.

Authorities say both documents were saved from a Chicago home awaiting demolition in 2009. It’s not known how they got there.

 

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