Wallace Incident

Wallace Incident



In May 1967, segregationist governor George Wallace visited Dartmouth College for a second time. His appearance caused student groups, including the Upper Valley Human Rights Committee and the Afro-American Society to protest the visit, calling for a boycott of his speech. Black students chanted “Wallace is a racist,” which sparked a counter-protest among white audience members. The group then walked out and was joined by more students before re-entering the building and rushing up to the auditorium. Alabama State Troopers rushed Wallace off the stage and to his car where protestors surrounded pounded on the car roof and rocked the car back and forth. With the help of the police, Wallace’s car was able to leave after 15 minutes.

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George Wallace Incident May be restricted

Identifier: DA-32
Date(s): 1967
Scope and Contents

The collection consists of records relating to a protest by a group of students, who heckled former governor George Wallace while he was delivering a speech on May 3, 1967 in Webster Hall and then obstructed the departure of his car afterwards. Records include correspondence, form and other printed matter and newspaper clippings as well as letters from alumni and other people and Vice President Colton's replies.