Harold Franklin on way to class
Date: 1964 Size: 386x470 pixels
Auburn's first black student walks near Samford Hall after enrolling for graduate study in history under court order in January 1964.  Thirty-one-year-old Harold Franklin left Auburn after one year without completing work toward the degree.  In the 1980s, he told a newspaper reporter he left because he was "getting the runaround" about his thesis.  His major professor told the reporter that Franklin's thesis committee was extremely fair to him.  Franklin received a master's degree in international studies from the University of Denver in 1976.  He later taught history at Tuskegee University and Talladega College, where he also headed the Upward Bound Program.  In 1996, Franklin, sixty-three, was managing a mortuary.
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