Racial Integration at Elon

Jess McDonald ’12
August 19, 2011

Paul de Montaigne was the first black student to attend classes at Elon College.  Paul was a faculty member of Palmer Institute and, although he was not seeking a degree, he attended evening classes at Elon in the spring of 1963.  Paul was from Martinique and, accordingly, his first language was French.  Some argue that Paul was viewed predominantly as a foreigner rather than as black, and that (combined with his taking only evening classes) certainly eased his entry into Elon College. Continue reading