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Winthrop University Alumni Association

The S.C. House of Representatives passed a resolution praising the efforts of the four African-American women – Cynthia Plair Roddey ’67, Delores Johnson Hurt ’68, the late Arnetta Gladden Mackey ’67 and Sue Frances Meriwether Steed ’67 – who were trailblazers during school integration at Winthrop University. They were presented with a framed resolution during a short ceremony at Winthrop.

S.C. Rep. Kambrell Garvin (D-Columbia) spearheaded the effort and was joined today by S.C. Rep. John King (D-Rock Hill). Other Winthrop alumni helped sponsor the bill, including S.C. Rep. Gary Simrill (R-Rock Hill); S.C. Rep. Chandra Dillard (D-Greenville); S.C. Rep. Brandon Newton (R-Lancaster); and S.C. Rep. Chip Huggins (R-Lexington).

In the photo: (back row, left to right) Kambrell Garvin, Winthrop University President George Hynd and John King; (front row, left to right) Gene Mackey, husband of the late Arnetta Gladden Mackey, Cynthia Plair Roddey and Delores Johnson Hurt. Not pictured: Sue Frances Meriwether Steed and other family members attended the ceremony via Zoom.

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