CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – A new monument in Charleston was dedicated Monday to the first Black student to attend the U.S. Naval Academy.

James Henry Conyers, a Charleston native, was nominated for admission in 1872 by U.S. Representative from South Carolina Robert B. Elliott.

He was sworn in as a cadet-midshipman on September 24, 1872, but left in September of 1873 “due to unthinkable acts of physical and mental abuse, physical attacks, and permanent isolation from classmates.”

Conyers returned to Charleston, where he lived until his death in 1935.

It was not until 14 years after his death that the first Black cadet graduated from the Naval Academy.

The Naval Academy Superintendent VADM Sean Buck and Naval Academy Alumni Association and Foundation CEO Jeff Webb were in attendance at the event. Former astronaut, NASA Administrator, and South Carolina native Charles Bolden delivered the keynote address.

The monument is located at the Humane and Friendly Society Cemetery on Pershing Street.