Then and Now

Many people – community members, students, religious leaders, and Mercer faculty and staff members – worked together to make the University’s integration not only possible, but also relatively peaceful during a time fraught with tension and anxiety.

Their goal was to make the transition smooth for not only the Mercer community, but also, and perhaps more importantly, the African-American students who were admitted to Mercer during those first years of integration.

We invite you to take a look at the following personal accounts of this pivotal moment in our community’s history in hopes that you will better understand what it took to make integration at Mercer a reality. And if you are inspired to share their stories on Twitter, join our celebration with #mercer50th.

The Decision


Mercer Today

Mercer Tomorrow

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