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TWU Library exhibit highlights the 50th anniversary of TWU’s integration


DENTON — “A Historical Retrospective: 50 Years of Integration at TWU” library exhibit featuring items chronicling the desegregation of Texas Woman’s University will be on display now through Oct.7 in the Blagg-Huey Library on the TWU Denton campus.

The exhibit, located on the first floor of the library, is free and open to the public. For library hours and directions, visit or call (940) 898-3701.

In 1961, the TWU Board of Regents voted to change the admissions policy to allow black women to apply to the university. In September 1961, Alsenia Dowells became the first African-American woman to enroll at TWU, and by the next year six more African-American students were accepted to the university. In 1966, TWU had its first African-American graduates.

The exhibit captures this transition time in TWU’s history, tells the stories of TWU’s first African-American students, and profiles campus life and student activities amidst the Civil Rights Movement and the tumultuous times of the 1960s. The exhibit features photographs, newspaper articles, books and other items that tell the story of our nation’s history, including scenes from organized sit-ins and voter registration assemblies, the Freedom Riders and a snapshot of integration among other Texas college campuses.

Media Contact:

Amanda Simpson
Director of Media Relations

page updated 10/2/2014 11:05 AM