Commercial Appeal newspaper morgue, Special Collections Department, University of Memphis Libraries
In September 1959, the first African American students - since known as the "Memphis State Eight" - were admitted to Memphis State University. Front, left to right: Bertha Mae Rogers, Marvis LaVerne Kneeland, Rose Blakney, Sammie Burnett, Luther McClellan (standing). Rear, left to right: John Sampson, Eleanor Gandy, Ralph Prater. They were photographed in front of the Administration Building.
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"Memphis State Eight, Memphis State University, 1959" (2021). University of Memphis. 48.
Memphis State University., University of Memphis., College integration--Tennessee--Memphis.