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60 Years of African-American Students at William & Mary Law School

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This year is the 60th anniversary of the graduation of the first African-American from William & Mary. Edward Augustus Travis received his B.C.L. degree from Marshall-Wythe in 1954, breaking the color barrier and paving the way for generations of exceptional students of color at the College and the Law School.

To recognize and celebrate this milestone in the history of the nation's first law school, William & Mary will host a two-day conference. The program will highlight the accomplishments of our graduates, and provide our current students with an opportunity to learn about the history of African-Americans at the Law School, about our graduates' legal careers, and about their impact in their communities, states, and in some cases, the nation. Virginia Congressman Bobby Scott and former Virginia Supreme Court Justice, John Charles Thomas, will both offer keynote addresses. President Taylor Reveley will also join us. The weekend will end with the annual Oliver Hill Banquet sponsored by BLSA.

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