Then in December 1961, two Russians arrived in Clemson.
At the time, Clemson was a small college -- approximately 4,000 undergraduate men, 100 undergraduate women, and a handful of graduate students -- in a small, sleepy town. South Carolina was a racially segregated state and there were no African American students at Clemson. A fact of interest to the Russian visitors.
The Russian visitors were Nikifor Mironovich Levchenko, Second Secretary, Economic Division and Ilya Efimovich Emelyanov, Agricultural Counselor from the Soviet Embassy in Washington D.C. They arrived on the train and stayed overnight at the Clemson House.