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Georgia State University to Honor Unsung Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement – WSB-TV Channel 2

ATLANTA — Whenever Crystal Freeman looks at old photos of her mother, it sometimes brings tears to her eyes.

“Well, I really didn’t know that until high school because my mom never really talked about it,” Freeman said.

Barbara Pace Hunt bravely fought for change on the Georgia State College of Business Administration campus. Today it is Georgia State University.

“In 1959, there were 3 brave women,” said Yves McKenzie.

McKenzie is part of the GSU College of Law. Barbara Hunt, along with Myrna Payne Elliott and Iris Mae Welch, sued the school. They insisted that they had been refused admission because of their race.

“Even after the case was won, they still weren’t accepted as students,” McKenzie said.

But it helped break the back of segregation in the state’s colleges and universities. In less than 2 years, black students were admitted.

“We want to say thank you. Thank you for your mother’s contribution. Thanks for the fight,” McKenzie said.

Georgia State will create a memorial garden in honor of what Barbara Hunt, Myra Elliott and Iris Welch have done. Crystal Freeman says that although her mother never got to attend this school, she was proud of the change she brought here.

“I’m so glad she lived long enough to see the state of Georgia get the most African Americans in the state,” Freeman said.

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