On September 11, 1963, Robert Anderson, Henrie Monteith, and James Solomon became the first African-American students to attend USC in the 20th century.
Their imminent arrival on campus was not a welcomed event for everyone in the local community. On August 27, 1963 a bomb exploded at the home of Henrie Monteith’s uncle. In the outtakes from this television news interview, Dr. Monteith explains his belief that the bomb was intended as a threat to his niece, who was to start at USC just a few weeks later. Despite the bombing, the three trailblazers began their journey at USC without violence or incident, taking the first step toward true integration at the University of South Carolina.