Commercial Appeal newspaper morgue, Special Collections Department, University of Memphis Libraries
The "Memphis State Eight", the first African American students to be admitted to Memphis State University in September 1959 with Dean of Men R.M. Robison. Seated from left: Sammie Burnett, Ralph Prater, Luther McClellan, Eleanor Gandy, Bertha Mae Rogers, John Simpson, Marvis LaVerne Kneeland and Rose Blakney.
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"Memphis State Eight, Memphis State University, 1959" (2021). University of Memphis. 32.
University of Memphis., Memphis State University., College integration--Tennessee--Memphis.