Basil Watson, FNSS

On Friday, April 19, NSS Fellow Basil Watson’s Desegregation Monument was unveiled at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. The 12-foot bronze monument depicts the first Black students — Robert Anderson, Henrie Monteith Treadwell and James Solomon Jr. —  admitted to USC since Reconstruction. Based on the iconic photo taken on that momentous day as they exited the campus Administrative Building in 1963, the monument to the three students is installed near McKissick Museum where it will viewed by hundreds of students and visitors daily. Watson, who worked on the project for two years had this to say about the sculpture: “It has been a long journey but a gratifying one that gives a sense of pride, knowing that my contribution will be a lasting monument to the building of a legacy that represents values of equality and justice.”