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2020 Joseph Vaughn Day Commemoration walk and ceremony photo gallery

Adare Smith '20 and Lillian Brock Fleming '71 embrace during Joseph Vaughn Day
Lillian Brock Fleming '71, left, and Adare Smith '20 embrace in Daniel Chapel Wednesday during the Joseph Vaughn Day commemoration ceremony.

For as long as there is a Furman University, Jan. 29 will be spent honoring and remembering Joseph Vaughn ’68, the school’s first African American student who enrolled on this date in 1965.

On Wednesday, hundreds of people gathered on the steps of the James B. Duke Library for a commemoration celebrating Joseph Vaughn Day, which started with a hymn sung by the Furman University Gospel Ensemble and some emotional remarks from Deborah Allen, director of the Center for Inclusive Communities, before culminating with a march down Milford Mall to Daniel Chapel. Following is a roundup of pictures from a historic day in Furman’s history.

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