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. Seated from left: Ralph Prater, Luther McClellan, Eleanor Gandy, Bertha Rogers. Standing from left: John Simpson, Marvis LaVerne Kneeland, Sammie Burnett, Rose Blakney.
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"Memphis State Eight, Memphis State University, 1959" (2021). University of Memphis. 36.
Memphis State University., University of Memphis., College integration--Tennessee--Memphis.