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On Jan. 4, 1964, Harold Franklin arrived at the library at Auburn University to register for classes in the graduate school. He was the first African American student to attend Auburn University. On Thursday, Sept. 24, at 10 a.m., Franklin will be honored at a public dedication ceremony when a historical marker commemorating the 1964 desegregation of Auburn University will be unveiled on the Mary Martin Hall Greenspace, located off Thach Avenue between Mary Martin Hall and the Ralph Brown Draughon Library.

During the 2013-14 academic year, Auburn held events recognizing not only Franklin but also others who have since helped make the university more inclusive. In February of 2015, the Board of Trustees approved the installation of the historical marker.