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Walter Mitchell and his son John Mitchell listen to speeches during a ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Orangeburg Massacre, which occurred on February 8, 1968, when Walter Mitchell was a student at the historically black South Carolina State University in Orangeburg. Mitchell was among the students who tried to integrate a local bowling alley. On the third day of protests, South Carolina patrolmen fired shots into a crowd of students on campus, killing three of them.