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Crew

W. Cecil Bratton rowed freshman crew during the 1923/24 school year. He attended Wisconsin sporadically for several more years, but he does not appear to have gone out for any more crew teams. Pioneering African-American historian Edwin Henderson claims in his book The Negro in Sports that "Cecil Bratton attempted crew at Wisconsin... but restrictions prevented his participation in regattas." His claim of "restrictions" cannot be verified from the existing sources, but, nevertheless Bratton was one of the first African-Americans to row at any level of collegiate crew. No other black students appear to have rowed crew before 1970.

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