Seventy-five years later, Isaac Scott Hathaway’s impact as one of first African American professors at Auburn lives on in College of Human Sciences

Published: February 24, 2023

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An important milestone in the history of Auburn University’s College of Human Sciences came in the summer of 1947, as Isaac Scott Hathaway made an immediate impact the moment he stepped on campus with his brilliant ceramic skills, but more importantly, for breaking the race barrier by becoming one of Auburn’s first African-American professors. Hathaway taught a ceramics class 16 years prior to Auburn’s integration in 1964.

The summer of 2022 marked the 75th anniversary of Hathaway breaking the color barrier at Auburn, and Dr. Charles Hendrix, professor emeritus in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University, is determined to continue sharing the impact Hathaway had on students in the College of Human Sciences.

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