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Collection: Civil Rights
Wendell Wilkie Gunn's Enrollment at Florence State.
Articles from local papers chronicling the September, 1963 enrollment at Florence State College of African-American student Wendell Wilkie Gunn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Gunn of Tuscumbia, AL.
Gunn, FSC's first black student, transferred to…
"Constitution or Control?"
An April 16, 1964 *Florence Herald* editorial noting that "Alabama's able senators Lister Hill and John Sparkman, and scores of other forthright Americans" were fighting the upcoming Civil Rights Bill and arguing that the Civil Rights Bill was…
"City to Help form Bi-Racial Committee"
"Negro Ministers Complain to Commissioners"
A report of the formation of a bi-racial committee to study and make recommendations in regard to school desegregation and the subsequent complaint of Florence black ministers and committee members Rev. David Tolbert, Rev. M. C. Griffin and Rev. H.…
"Civil Rights Hit by Senator Hill"
A June 4, 1959 *Florence Herald* article reporting on Alabama Senator Lister Hill's specific areas of opposition to the Eisenhower administration's proposed Civil Rights Bill, especially its proposed provision of financial assistance to Southern…
"The South and Civil Rights"
A *Florence Herald* editorial on the Civil Rights Bill backed by the Eisenhower administration, which editorial stated, among other things, that "it is good to know that delegations in Congress from southern states are together in their opposition…
"Hill Continues to Score Civil Rights Measure"
A March 26, 1964 *Florence Herald* Report on remarks critical of the Civil Rights Bill by Alabama Senator Lister Hill in the Senate. Hill stated that passage of the Civil Rights Bill "would trample on and destroy rights of Americans on either side of…
"Take a Good Look"
A September 26, 1963 *Florence Herald* editorial critical of the proposed Civil Rights Bill backed by the Kennedy administration, noting with approval that members of the Alabama delegation in Congress had declared their opposition to the bill "in no…
"Government by Injunction"
A July 4, 1957 *Florence Herald* editorial critical of the Civil Rights Bill sponsored by the Eisenhower administration. Among other objections the paper stated that "In substance the provisions of (this bill) constitute nothing more than government…
"Civil Rights Hearing Halted by Commission"
A December 14, 1958 *Florence Herald* article reporting on the cessation of a series of hearings on Negro voting rights in Montgomery by the Federal Civil Rights Commission, in order to enlist the aid of the federal courts to compel witnesses to…
"Integrate or Lose State School Funds"
A July 16, 1964 *Florence Herald* article reporting that a three-judge federal court ruled on Tuesday that if Alabama schools don't integrate within a "reasonable time" they risk losing state funds.