Patriots Point symposium deals with desegregation, Vietnam

Patriots Point symposium deals with desegregation, Vietnam

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) - A symposium at the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum on Charleston Harbor focuses on how desegregation and the Vietnam War affected one North Charleston neighborhood.

The Friday forum deals with the Liberty Hill neighborhood from which 60 black men went to fight in Vietnam during the turbulent days of desegregation. Eight of the men died in the war.

The symposium features Odell Price, one of five blacks who desegregated North Charleston High School in 1965 and who later fought as a Marine in Vietnam.

Other panelists include Alfreda Levaine, who grew up in Liberty Hill and whose brother died in Vietnam. Charleston County Councilman Henry Darby will also speak. He has written a book about the eight Liberty Hill residents who died in the war.

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