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  • Sheree Hairston

    Ruby Bridges, the first African-American child to attend an all-white elementary school in the American South, escorted by U.S. Marshals dispatched by President Eisenhower for her safety, 14 November, 1960; Learn your black history.

  • Meghan Davy

    "Don't be afraid." That's what Ruby Bridges' mother told her on November 4, 1960. Soon after, four United States federal court marshals arrived at the Bridges' family home in New Orleans, LA, to drive the first grader to William Frantz Public School. A screaming mob was waiting. Ruby held her head high. With the marshals surrounding her, the 6-year-old walked into the school and into history as the first black child to attend an all white elementary school in the American south.

  • MyHeritage

    "Don't be afraid", Ruby Bridges's mother told her on November 4, 1960. Soon, four United States federal court marshals arrived at the Bridges family home in New Orleans, to drive the first grader to William Frantz Public School. Ruby held her head high. With the marshals surrounding her, the 6-year-old walked into the school and became one of the first African Americans to attend an all-white elementary school in the South. #WomenRock

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Ruby Bridges, the first African-American child to attend an all-white elementary school in the American South, escorted by U.S. Marshals dispatched by President Eisenhower for her safety, 14 November, 1960

Ruby Bridges (born September 8, 1954) became the first black child to attend an all-white school in the South when she enrolled at William Franz Elementary School in New Orleans on November 14, 1960. She was escorted by Federal Marshals; Barbara Henry from Boston was hired to teach her when no other teacher would. She was the only child in her class for over a year. She now lives in New Orleans with her husband Malcolm Hall and is chair of the Ruby Bridges Foundation. #TodayInBlackHistory