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A Mission of Reconciliation

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This obelisk honors the sacrifices of many African Americans for the mission and vision of Samford University even in days when their efforts were invisible or barely acknowledged Obelisk engravingScroll for more
Memorial obelisk at Samford University
Engraving on Samford University obelisk

Birmingham Alabama university Samford has dedicated an 8 foot tall stainless steel obelisk to the many African American contributions to the College over the years – coincidentally in the same month as the Black Lives Matter protest.

The memorial specifically honors Harry, a 23 year-old African American man who lived in slavery and died from injuries he received while waking students at the burning of Samford's Howard College; and of Audrey Lattimore Gaston Howard, who in 1967 became the first African American student admitted to Samford University.

Other etchings on the obelisk recall the wrongs of slavery and the sins of the resulting violence and racism.

Photo credit: Samford University.

Engraving on Samford University obelisk

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