Video of George Graham, Class of 1973, October 26, 2019

Title

Video of George Graham, Class of 1973, October 26, 2019

Description

George Graham is a member of The Citadel’s Class of 1973. In this interview, conducted by Tessa Updike, Mr. Graham talks about how he came to join the Corps of Cadets in 1969. Mr. Graham describes two encounters he had with Charles Foster, The Citadel’s first African American cadet, when he was a freshman and Foster was a senior. Mr. Graham says that Foster told him that “Quitting is out of the question,” and gave him advice on how to handle the isolation he was feeling as a cadet.

Mr. Graham briefly describes his own cadet experience, including an experience as a freshman when upperclassmen hung ropes in his room that frightened and intimidated him. Mr. Graham reflects on how Charles Foster must have felt his freshman year, as the only African American cadet on campus, saying, “Charlie had to go through pure hell. The isolation is probably the big thing, because you’re isolated so much as an African American.” Graham also talks about why it is important that we remember Charles Foster today.

Source

Charles Foster & The Black Experience

Publisher

The Citadel Archives & Museum

Date

Rights

Materials in The Citadel Archives & Museum Digital Collections are intended for educational and research use. The user assumes all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of copyright. For more information contact The Citadel Archives & Museum, The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, 29409.

Relation

Charles Foster & The Black Experience

Format

video/mp4

Language

English

Type

Moving Image

Identifier

https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/1090

Coverage

Charleston (S.C.)

Duration

13 minutes, 52 seconds

Citation

“Video of George Graham, Class of 1973, October 26, 2019,” The Citadel Archives Digital Collections, accessed November 28, 2021, https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/1090.