The SCSU campus is the site of 1968's so-called Orangeburg Massacre, in which three students were killed and 27 wounded by state troopers during a campus protest of a local all-white bowling alley. Most were shot in the back, recalled Cecil Williams, who photographed the incident. The nine accused police officers, identified by their shell casings, were acquitted after fewer than two hours of jury deliberation. NBC's Martin Savidge pointed out that these killings took place two years before those at Kent State yet remain "virtually unknown." Why? "Only black people were killed," responded Herman Boller, who took three bullets.
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