HPU Unveils Plaque To Commemorate First Interracial Athletic Event In North Carolina


HIGH POINT, N.C., April 29, 2010 ? High Point University unveiled a historic plaque in the Vert Track and Soccer Stadium on campus during the Vertklasse Track meet on April 25. The plaque commemorates the first interracial athletic event that occurred in the state of North Carolina.

Local historian, Glenn Chavis, notified the university about the historic game, and a plaque was erected to honor the event.

The plaque reads: The first African-Americans to participate in an integrated athletic event in the state of North Carolina occurred on this field. According to The High Point Enterprise newspaper, ?Two ?negro? members of a Pope Field Army Air Team participated in the last half of a football game with High Point College on September 29, 1949.?

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at or on Twitter at

Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration


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