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In the fall of 1968, two local African American women,Freida Rogers Byrd and Margaret Jones Swindler registered as day students at Converse College. They graduated in the spring of 1972 with degrees in Biology and Sociology. At this, the 50th anniversary integration at Converse College, we come together to recognize the first African American students who joined Converse’s sisterhood. This exhibit is created by students in HST 306/506: African American History, and features old photographs, yearbooks, oral history interviews with alumnae, and more. Barack Obama, at the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, argued that these kinds of exhibits reaffirm “that all of us are America – that African-American history is not somehow separate from our larger American story, it’s not the underside of the American story, it is the central story.” Likewise, we believe African American history is central to the story of Converse College.