Learn how students from Friendship College did their part to help galvanize the civil rights protest movement.
In its infancy, Friendship Normal and Industrial Institute held elementary and high school classes.
Founded in 1891 by Dr. Masel Phillip Hall, Friendship Normal and Industrial Institute served as a place for young African-American to be educated so that they could move forward in society as ministers and educators. Over time, Friendship would go from holding elementary and high school classes to college courses that allowed students to earn Associates in Arts and Associates in Business degrees. From 1933 to 1973, Friendship Jr. College was led by James H. Goudlock, who saw the school grow and shrink due to enrollment numbers yet persevered to be the most successful president in school history.
An early shot of the Friendship College admission office.
In the late 1970s, Friendship began offering both 2 and 4-year liberal arts degrees, dropping Jr. from the name and becoming simply "Friendship College." Due to financial difficulties, Friendship College closed its doors after the fall semester in 1981. Many Friendship Alumni hope that one day the school will once again open its doors and welcome a new class of students.
Friendship College is proud to have been a part of civil rights history both in 1960 with the lunch counter sit-ins in Rock Hill, South Carolina as well as the Jail, No Bail movement started in 1961 by a group of ten Friendship students who refused to pay bail after being arrested at McCrory’s lunch counter. While ten students were arrested, only nine completed the 30 day jail sentence. These students were dubbed the "Friendship Nine" and are recognized to this day for their actions during the civil rights movement.