Richard T. Greener, the first Africa-American professor at the University of South Carolina and the first African-American graduate of Harvard University, taught at the University of South Carolina during the era of Reconstruction from 1873 to 1877. It was unheard of to have a black professor in a Southern university during that period. It would be decades before another black professor would be appointed at USC. In addition to teaching philosophy, Greener served as librarian and helped reorganize and catalog the library's holdings, which were in disarray after the Civil War. Greener was born Jan. 30, 1844, and died in 1922.
The university plans a permanent memorial to Greener and is seeking proposals from artists to create this monument.
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Books and Articles by or featuring Greener
Allison Blakely, The Journal of Negro History 59, no. 4 (October 1974): 305-21. (available on JSTOR at USC libraries or if you have a proxy account)
James Lowell Underwood and W. Lewis Burke, eds., “At Freedom's Door: African American Founding Fathers and Lawyers in Reconstruction South Carolina” (Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina, 2000). (on permanent reserve at Thomas Cooper Library)
Richard T. Greener, Frederick Douglass, et. al. in The North American Review 139, no. 332 (July 1884): 78-99. (JSTOR)
Dale F. Herter, "For the Love of Books: Richard T. Greener's Brief Career as the University of South Carolina's First African-American University Librarian," Proceedings of the South Carolina Historical Association (1997): 54-60. (at Thomas Cooper Library, call #F 266 .S58)
Michael Mounter, "Richard Theodore Greener: The Idealist, Statesman, Scholar and South Carolinian," Ph.D. dissertation, University of South Carolina, 2002. (available on ProQuest at USC libraries)
Robert Bruce Slater, "The Blacks Who First Entered the World of White Higher Education," The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, no. 4 (summer 1994): 47-56. (JSTOR)
Sources about Greener's family
Heidi Ardizzone, “An Illuminated Life: Belle da Costa Greene's Journey from Prejudice to Privilege” (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2007). (on permanent reserve at Thomas Cooper Library)
Sources contextualizing Greener
Walter Edgar, “South Carolina: A History” (Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1998). (Thomas Cooper reference, call #F269.E34 1998 or ask at the circulation desk)
Daniel Hollis, “University of South Carolina: College to University” (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1956). (Thomas Cooper Reference, call #LD5033.H6)
Martha C. Nussbaum, “Cultivating Humanity: A Classical Defense of Reform in Liberal Education” (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1997). (On permanent reserve at Thomas Cooper Library)
John Herbert Roper, "A Reconsideration: The University of South Carolina during the Reconstruction," Proceedings of the South Carolina Historical Association (1974). (at Thomas Cooper Library, call #F266.S58)
Richard Zuczek, “State of Rebellion: Reconstruction in South Carolina” (Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1996). (on permanent reserve at Thomas Cooper Library)