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Dividing Along the Color Line

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Though some African American men and women would be commended by the school and classmates for their athletic and academic achievements, most students of color were segregated from different aspects of student life.  Before the 1960s, segregation was commonplace in greek societies, student organizations, and in residence halls. African American students attending early ISU had to find their own accomodations as the school and many private homes, would not house African Americans.  

 Bought by the school in year, the Phyllis Wheatley House offered female African American students accomodation for a brief time period.  Yet unlike the white female students living in the Women's Residence Hall, later Reeve Hall, African American women were expected to cook their own meals as the house lacked a cafeteria.  Phyllis Wheatley House lasted only a few years, leaving both African American men and women struggling to find housing while attending school until the school quietly ended the segregated housing policy of the dormitories in the 1960s.