South Carolina is five days from the 42nd anniversary of a very tragic event in state history.
On February 8, 1968, police opened fire on South Carolina State College (now South Carolina State University) students protesting segregation at what was, then, the All-Star Bowling Lane in Orangeburg. The students had set a bonfire and when police tried to put the fire out, a thrown piece of wood hit an officer.
Officers opened fire, injuring 27 people and killing three-- Henry Smith, Samuel Hammond and Delano Middleton.
On Thursday, February 4, 2010, South Carolina State University debuts a new stage production based on the events of that horrible night 42-years ago. A production stemming from a student decades removed from, but closely connected to the Orangeburg Massacre. The production is entitled, "Taking A Stand" and features SCSU student Zachary Middleton in the role of his great-uncle, Delano Middleton who was among the three people killed on February 8, 1968.
Click on video link to watch story."Taking A Stand: The First Renactment of the Orangeburg Massacre"
Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium
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