Robert G. Anderson Jr.

Student and civil rights activist

Robert G. Anderson (1944-2009), from Greenville, South Carolina, was active in civil rights activities. He started his college career at Clark College in Atlanta. He applied as a transfer student to the University of South Carolina. In 1963, Anderson became one of the first African American students admitted to the University of South Carolina since Reconstruction. Anderson, alongside Henrie Monteith and James Solomon, entered the university on September 11, 1963. Anderson was harassed by White students while at USC. His enrollment broke down barriers to higher education at USC and was part of broader efforts to desegregate colleges in the state and the nation.

Image courtesy of The State Newspaper Photograph Archive, Richland Library

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