The Merton D. Simpson Gallery is proud to present a short video about the history of the Orangeburg Massacre and its influence on Simpson's work. Many people are familiar with the fatal student protests at Kent State and Jackson State, but the Orangburg Massacre is less well-known. On February 8, 1968, police fired upon unarmed students from South Carolina State University who were protesting segregation at a bowling alley the town of Orangeburg, South Carolina. Three young men were killed, and 28 were injured. A native South Carolinian, Merton Simpson was deeply affected by this event and documented it in an untitled painting that lay hidden in his studio for decades. Recently rediscovered, it was purchased by the Greenville County Museum of Art in South Carolina. In this video, museum director Tom Styron discusses the event and its impact on Merton Simpson's work.

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