Video of Arnold Benson, Class of 1973, October 26, 2019

Title

Video of Arnold Benson, Class of 1973, October 26, 2019

Description

Arnold Benson is a member of The Citadel’s Class of 1973. In this interview, conducted by Tessa Updike, Mr. Benson describes how he came to join the Corps of Cadets, and describes his own cadet experience. Mr. Benson talks about how Charles Foster, The Citadel’s first African American cadet, must have felt his freshman year, when he was the only African American cadet on campus. He says that Foster must have felt alone, being the only black person. “I felt alone for him, I can feel that now, when I do think about it.”

Mr. Benson also talks about why it is important that we remember Charles Foster today, saying, “You always remember the first.”

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/1091

Coverage

Charleston (S.C.)

Duration

6 minutes, 22 seconds

Citation

“Video of Arnold Benson, Class of 1973, October 26, 2019,” The Citadel Archives Digital Collections, accessed August 3, 2021, https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/1091.