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Desegregation fountain Work continues on a fountain in front of the ETSU library that will honor the first black students to enter the university Ron Campbell/Johnson City Press
Desegregation fountain Work continues on a fountain in front of the ETSU library that will honor the first black students to enter the university Ron Campbell/Johnson City Press

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Today: ETSU to dedicate fountain in honor of first students in desegregation

Staff Report • Today at 6:43 PM

East Tennessee State University will be unveiling a new historical marker and memorial fountain that honors five students who desegregated the college.

The official dedication of the marker will be held today at noon in front of Sherrod Library.

The marker lists the names of Elizabeth Watkins Crawford, George L. Nichols, Mary Luellen Owens Wagner, Eugene Caruthers and Clarence McKinney who were the first black students at East Tennessee State College, which is now ETSU.