ETSU fountain will commemorate desegregation

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- East Tennessee State University is building a fountain to commemorate the first black students who desegregated the school in the 1950s.

The idea for the fountain came from a group of current African-American students who were inspired by a panel discussion featuring some of those first black students at the school's centennial celebration last year.

The Johnson City Press reports the fountain will have five granite stones emerging from the water. Five points will extend from the base of the fountain in the manner of a star. Each ray of the star will be inscribed with the name of one of the five first black students to enroll at what was then East Tennessee State College.

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