The Orangeburg Massacre 50 Years Later: Remembrances

South Carolina State University (SCSU) Alumni gather for a conversation about the tragic event that occurred on February 8, 1968.

Fifty years ago, SCSU students started a bonfire on the front of campus which is located in Orangeburg, South Carolina. As police and firefighters attempted to put out the fire, officer David Shealy was injured by a thrown object. As a result, South Carolina Highway Patrol officers fired shots at the protestors. Three young men were killed and many students were injured.

The Orangeburg Massacre: Remembrances and Reckoning aired Feb. 8 at 9:00 p.m. and Feb. 11 at 6:00 p.m. on ETV. This SCETV follow-up special commemorates the 50th anniversary of this tragic event, as survivors, participants and officials share their remembrances and struggle to provide some sense of reckoning and hopes for closure.