Naval Academy

Janie L. Mines entered the U.S. Naval Academy with the first group of women admitted in 1976. She was the lone black woman on campus.
Courtesy of Janie L. Mines

Until the fall of 1976, only men were admitted to the U.S. Naval Academy. But that year, the Navy opened 80 spaces for women, who would be the first to graduate in, fittingly, the Class of 1980.

Among these women was Janie Mines, who grew up in Aiken and today lives in Fort Mill. She was also the only black woman at Annapolis her first year – a set of experiences she chronicles in her 2019 autobiography, No Coincidences.