The University of Alabama has honored its first black student with a historic marker.
The marker honoring Autherine Lucy Foster was unveiled Friday on campus.
According to a story on the school website, Foster tried to enroll in 1952 after graduating with an English degree from Miles College in 1952 but was rejected because of her race and was finally admitted by court order following a three-year legal battle.
She registered on Feb. 1 1956 as a student in the College of Education. On Feb. 3, she attended her first class as a graduate student in library science.
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The report says that at the univeiling ceremony, University of Alabama President Stuart R. Bell said, “Mrs. Foster’s initiative and courage opened the doors and created the opportunity for all races to attend the university. The historic marker will serve as a testament to her enduring impact on our campus and beyond.”
For more on this honor go to https://www.ua.edu/.