Manuscript Collection

'Buffalo Room Incident' Interview - Accession 888 - M403 (454)

'Buffalo Room Incident' Interview - Accession 888 - M403 (454)



Accession 888 - M403 (454)

Inclusive Dates



Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Collection Size

7 pieces



Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a the first draft of a history and a typescript copy of an interview with Charles L. White Jr. conducted by Winthrop Student Orlando Tate. On Sept 5, 1989, Nelson B. Rivers III; James Gallman Sr.; Rev. David Walker; Willar H. Hightower Jr.; Rev. James Jones Sr.; and Charles L. White Jr. were barred admission to an establishment known as the “Buffalo Room” in North Augusta, South Carolina by the owner and manager Bruce H. Salter. The NAACP brought civil action against Salter Enterprises, Inc. challenging Salter’s actions in denying African-American the use, and enjoyment of goods, services, facilities, privileges and accommodations of the “Buffalo Room” by reasons of their race. Charles White, Jr. would eventually be the first African American in the State of South Carolina to receive monetary damages for race discrimination.


The' Buffalo Room Incident' Interview was deposit in the Winthrop Archives on September 15, 1995 by Orlando Tate.


Civil Rights, Discrimination, NAACP, Buffalo Room, North Augusta, SC


For information concerning copyright please contact the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University.

'Buffalo Room Incident' Interview - Accession 888 - M403 (454)

LC Subject Headings

White, Charles L., Jr.; Salter, Bruce H.; Buffalo Room (Restaurant : North Augusta, S.C.); National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; African Americans--Civil rights--South Carolina--North Augusta; Civil rights--South Carolina--North Augusta; Race discrimination--South Carolina--North Augusta; Actions and defenses--South Carolina--North Augusta