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Clemson House officially opened on November 1, 1950. Clemson had a surge of enrollment after WWII thanks to the GI Bill but did not have the housing and accommodations to keep up. This lead to the Board of Trustees creating the Clemson Housing…

In 1969, Joseph Grant led the Student League for Black Identity as President. In a detailed Letter to President R. C. Edwards, he explains how “the majority of white students are restrained from abusing black students only by the…

The South Carolina Botanical Garden is located on the campus of Clemson University. It is made up of a 295-acre garden of natural and manicured landscapes within the South Carolina Piedmont ecosystem. Together with a nationally recognized…

Harvey Gantt was the first African American student to enroll at Clemson, entering the University in January 1963. Harvey Gantt’s enrollment itself was a difficult situation, led by civil rights lawyer Matthew Perry. Anti-black feeling in South…

While the academic year of 1969 had proven to be one that featured many challenges for the African American community at Clemson, it was not without its share of successes for the community as well. The graduating class of 1969 held numerous…

Fike Recreation was originally named the "Clemson Field House" opened in 1930. The Facility was renamed after Rupert Fike, a renowned doctor and Clemson Alumnus, in 1966. The name was then officially changed to Fike Recreation Center in 1971. Fike…

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