Fifty years ago, on February 2, 1965, Joseph Allen Vaughn took his seat in a classroom at Furman University. In the process, he became the first African-American undergraduate to attend the university. His enrollment changed Furman forever and stands as one of the university’s great milestones. The school is commemorating this anniversary with a series of events, but it’s important to note that Vaughn’s story is not just a Furman story. It’s a Greenville story, too. Furman history professor Steve O’Neill remembers those historic days in an op-ed for The Greenville News.