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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

April 4, 1951
The Board of Trustees voted 61-14 to consider potential medical school students' qualifications "without regard to color or race." At the same time, they reaffirmed their policy that "equal" facilities were available for potential African American law students at the North Carolina College for Negroes (now North Carolina Central University).
May 31, 1951
William de Berniere MacNider died in Chapel Hill. He graduated from the University's School of Medicine in 1903 and later served as professor of pharmacology and dean at the school. In addition, MacNider was one of the first five faculty members to be named as a Kenan Professor.
June 6, 1951
The United States Court of Appeals directed the University to admit African American students to its law school. As a result, four African American students enrolled and subsequently attended the University that summer. They were Harvey Beech of Durham, James Lassiter of Rocky Mount, J. Kenneth Lee of Greensboro, and Floyd B. McKissick of Asheville.
September 22, 1951
Ralph Walton Bost, Kenan Professor of Chemistry, died in Durham. After graduating from Newberry College, he earned his M.A. and Ph. D. from the University in 1924 and 1928. In 1926, Bost became an instructor in the University's Chemistry Department. He continued to rise through the ranks, eventually becoming the head of the department in 1939.