Emma Andrews and Evelyn Sermons arrive on campus

Emma Andrews (’49) and Evelyn Sermons (’49) made history when they desegregated NJC’s residence halls in 1946, their sophomore year.

Emma Andrews

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Emma Andrews, senior photo 1949

Emma Andrews, whose sister Constance Andrews graduated from NJC in 1945, was raised in Plainfield, NJ. 

Evelyn Sermons

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Evelyn Sermons, senior photo 1949

Evelyn Sermons was also a New Jersey native. She was raised in Somerville. Both were raised in working-class households and were extremely active on campus.