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Johnson City in Washington County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Desegregation of East Tennessee State College (University)

1956 and 1958

 
 
Desegregation of East Tennessee State College (University) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 16, 2021
1. Desegregation of East Tennessee State College (University) Marker
Inscription.  In January 1956, Eugene Caruthers, a teacher a Langston High School in Johnson City, became the first black student enrolled in East Tennessee State College's graduate program. In August 1958, Elizabeth Watkins Crawford, Clarence McKinney, George L. Nichols, and Mary Luellen Owens Wagner enrolled as the college's first black undergraduates. All were graduates of Langston High School. ETSC's undergraduate program was one of the state's first public institutions of higher education to desegregate, notably without incident.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1A 144.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil RightsEducation. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission series list. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1956.
 
Location. 36° 18.154′ N, 82° 21.983′ W. Marker is in Johnson City, Tennessee, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from J L Seehorn Junior Road west of Gilbreath Drive, on the right when traveling
Desegregation of East Tennessee State College (University) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 16, 2021
2. Desegregation of East Tennessee State College (University) Marker
(Charles C. Sherrod Library in background)
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west. Marker is located on the East Tennessee State University campus, in the Memorial Plaza at the northwest corner of the Charles C. Sherrod Library. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 344 J L Seehorn Junior Road, Johnson City TN 37604, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Memorial Fountain (a few steps from this marker); Elbert Columbus "E.C." Miller (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Johnson City (approx. half a mile away); National Soldiers’ Home (approx. 0.6 miles away); Tree Streets Historic District (approx. 0.7 miles away); A National Cemetery System (approx. 0.7 miles away); Mountain Home National Cemetery (approx. ¾ mile away); William Nelson Home (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Johnson City.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Charles C. Sherrod Library (<i>northwest entrance</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 16, 2021
3. Charles C. Sherrod Library (northwest entrance)
(marker is beside walkway on right)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 17, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 17, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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