SC State honors three killed in Orangeburg Massacre

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (WCIV) -- Officials at SC State University are holding a 47th Anniversary of the Orangeburg Massacre Commemoration Ceremony this weekend. On Feb. 8, 1968, students from SC State and Claflin were{} protesting a "Whites only" bowling alley. SC State students Henry Smith and Samuel Hammond along with 19-year-old Wilkinson High School student, Delano Middleton, were killed when South Carolina Highway Patrol Officers fired shots into the crowd of student protestors. Twenty-eight other students were wounded during what would become known as the Orangeburg Massacre.{} SC State alumnus Bobby Eaddy, who was a freshman and one of the injured students, will be a guest speaker for Sunday's program. Organizers said Eaddy is expected to focus on the event's theme, From Protest to Action: Making a Difference, and share his memories of that evening. The event will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 8 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium on campus.Following the program, a wreath laying and memorial flame lighting ceremony will be held at the Legacy Plaza, where a monument serves as a tribute to the students who died. Attendees are also invited to the I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium for a reception and opening of the exhibition, "From Orangeburg to Ferguson." The exhibit will feature photographic works by noted civil rights photographer and publisher Cecil Williams, as well as photographs of the Ferguson, Mo. murals, Paint for Peace StL, taken by Ellen Zisholtz, director of the Stanback. The program will also include a book signing of journalist Jack Bass,' "The Orangeburg Massacre," which he co-authored with Jack Nelson, and Williams' "Orangeburg 1968: A Time and Place Remembered." A couple of days before the event, a viewing of the documentary, "Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre," will be held.{} The show starts at 5 p.m. on Feb. 6 in the SC State I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium.{} The one-hour documentary highlights the historical events captured more than four decades ago.{} A panel discussion will follow. All events are free to the public.