Video of Larry Ferguson, Class of 1973, October 26, 2019


Video of Larry Ferguson, Class of 1973, October 26, 2019


Dr. Larry Ferguson is a member of The Citadel’s Class of 1973. In this interview, conducted by Tessa Updike, Dr. Ferguson talks about how he came to join the Corps of Cadets. He describes an experience he had with Charles Foster in the spring of 1970, when he was a freshman and Foster was a senior. Dr. Ferguson says that Foster told him, “They tried to break me down. Just promise me, you’ll never let them break you.” Dr. Ferguson describes how Foster appeared different at The Citadel than he did when they attended C.A. Brown High School together, saying that Foster had become very reserved at The Citadel.

Dr. Ferguson reflects on how Charles Foster must have felt his freshman year, when he was the only African American in the Corps. He says that Foster knew the importance of the position he had at The Citadel, being part of a generation that was helping to change the South, and America. Dr. Ferguson said he is sure Foster felt isolated in the Corps, but had the strength to continue on. He also talks about why it is important that we remember Charles Foster today, calling Foster “A true American hero, and a hero of Charleston.”


Charles Foster & The Black Experience


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Charles Foster & The Black Experience






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Charleston (S.C.)


9 minutes, 23 seconds


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