Commemorating 50 Years of Integration at Auburn University

On January 4, 1964, at 2:20 p.m., Harold Franklin, an aspiring history professor from Charleston, S.C., arrived at the library at Auburn University to register for classes in the graduate school. He was the first African-American student to attend Auburn University. Although Franklin did not graduate from the university, his impact on Auburn is still felt today, as students of all races and religions and hailing from 96 different countries are represented in Auburn University’s student body.

Throughout the 2013-2014 academic year Auburn University will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its integration with a series of events designed to educate and inspire students, faculty, staff and alumni. Integration is an important milestone in the university’s history; it allowed a quality college education to be accessible to more people, and in doing so, made the Auburn family experience richer for everyone.

Integration Timeline

Photo and Video Gallery

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