MONETTA, SC (WRDW / WAGT) – It was about more than the Ridge Spring-Monetta football game on Friday night. They were also honoring the first fully integrated promotion 50 years later.

The 50-yard line normally represents the division where two teams compete against each other ready to dominate. But before the Trojans and Saints entered the field, it meant something completely different.

The 1971 Ridge Spring-Monetta class, spread across the 50-meter line, celebrates its 50th year after graduation as the fully integrated first graduation class. Change the world for the future of their small towns.

“We see a world that includes everyone, we see a world that has changed for the better, and I think when you look at what this class went through, they started a legacy and a tradition that we carry on today. “said Brian Smith, head football coach.

An era of equality and diversity.

“Over the years, I have recognized the importance of bringing our community together and respecting and honoring what each of us has brought to our schools, our families and our community,” said Joyce Bell Winkler, graduate of the class of 1971.

A community with an already mutual bond.

“You know everyone in the farming community, everyone works and at the time you worked either in the fisheries or in the cotton fields. So the black and white students knew each other and I think it made a difference. difference, ”Winkler said.

A difference that will keep this small family town united for generations to come.

“Most of my classmates didn’t leave this area, I was surprised how many lived within 10 miles of Ridge Spring,” she said.

The class of 71 is also hosting an event at the school so students have the chance to spend time with them and find out what it was like at their school 50 years ago.

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