1959: Frat Withdraws In Race Protest

Middletown, Conn., Dec. 3 (AP)–Wesleyan University’s Sigma Nu Fraternity today withdrew from its national organization. The action, a local chapter official said, was in protest of the national’s “white only” membership requirements.

The decision was applauded by University President Victor L. Butterfield, who said:

I am glad that all Wesleyan fraternities are now free of clauses discrimination against students for reasons of race or color.”

From The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), Friday, December 4, 1959.

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