Almost a half century after graduating from East Carolina University, Laura Marie Leary Elliott finally attended her first Pirate football game last fall.
Elliott, who died on Monday, was the first black student to attend ECU. The Class of 1966 graduate remembered her experience as “lonely” and “scary.”
“It was like I was in a robotic stage,” she said in a January ECU news story. “Like slow motion. Go here, do this. I didn’t feel like I belonged.”
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