ORANGEBURG — Friends and family are returning to South Carolina State University to remember three men killed and 27 injured after being shot by police at the school during a civil rights protest.

Wednesday marks the 44th anniversary of the incident known as the Orangeburg Massacre. SC State alum Thomas Kennerly is scheduled to speak. He was among the injured.

A silent march and candlelight ceremony are also scheduled.

On Feb. 8, 1968, state troopers and police opened fire on a group of students who were protesting a segregated bowling alley after a tense standoff. None of the officers were injured.

An FBI investigation led to charges against nine troopers, but a jury of 10 whites and two blacks acquitted them. Federal agents refused to reopen the case in 2007.