Robert McNair

 

 

Age: 83

 

Summary: former governor of South Carolina who helped to guide the state through a turbulent era of race relations, including the deadly clash between state troopers and black college students known as the Orangeburg Massacre, when highway patrolmen opened fire on a civil rights protest at the former South Carolina State College in Orangeburg, killing three students and wounding 27 others, on February 8, 1968 but the shooting was the culmination of three days of unrest that started when students protested a bowling alley that refused to admit blacks.

 

 

Cause of Death: Brain cancer

 

Born: December 14, 1923

 

Died: November 17, 2007

 

Location: Charleston, South Carolina