AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The first Black student to integrate Auburn University nearly 60 years ago has died.
A statement from the school says Harold A. Franklin of Sylacauga died at his home on Thursday. He was 88.
Franklin enrolled at Auburn as a graduate student in January 1964, becoming the first Black person to attend. He wasn’t allowed to defend his thesis at Auburn and left in 1965, although he finally participated in commencement exercises at Auburn in December.
Franklin had long since earned a master’s degree from the University of Denver and taught history at four colleges over a 27-year career. He retired in 1992.