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The Citadel Archives

The Citadel Archives is the repository for historic material pertaining to The Citadel as an institution.

Charles Foster & The Black Experience

The Citadel is seeking stories, memories, and photographs relating to Charles Foster and integration, as well as stories and photographs related to civil rights and minority experiences at The Citadel for a new permanent collection to be preserved and shared through our Archives & Museum. Select stories and images will be shared through our website and used in exhibits. The entire collection will be made open to the public for research.

Charles D. Foster integrated the Corps of Cadets in the fall of 1966 as a member of Golf Company. He graduated with a degree in Business Administration in 1970 and entered the Army as a Second Lieutenant. After serving in the Army, Foster moved to Dallas, Texas, where he died in a tragic fire in 1986.

Friends, family, classmates and teachers of Charles Foster are encouraged to write their memories and thoughts to submit for this collection. We also welcome submissions from our alumni, faculty, staff, current students, and greater community on their civil rights experiences at The Citadel.

This collection will help to provide a deeper understanding of an aspect of Citadel history that deserves to be preserved and shared through our historical collections.

Please send us your story today.

Charles Foster during his freshman year. Donated to The Citadel Archives as part of the

Charles Foster & The Black Experience project


Read and watch a video interview with William Foster, Charles Foster's brother