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By Buffy Lockette
Jacksonville State University
On a campus already grieving several unrelated deaths over the past few weeks comes the news of another great loss. Barbara Curry-Story, the first Black student to attend Jacksonville State University, died on Oct. 20.
“Although she may be gone, her legacy lives on in the hearts and minds of every student and faculty member here at JSU,” said SGA President Jerod Sharp.
Born Barbara Minkeson in Ohatchee on Nov. 24, 1941, she graduated from Calhoun County Training School in Hobson City and briefly attended Alabama A&M before moving to New York City to earn money for college. Fleeing an abusive marriage, she returned home to Alabama five years later and enrolled at JSU in fall 1965 as a single mother hoping to give her 2-year-old son a better life.
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