Her hair neatly tied back and her white socks folded over above clean black shoes, Ruby Bridges looked anything but a revolutionary. But that’s exactly what she became.
At just six-years-old Bridges became the first black child to attend the white only William Franz Elementary School in New Orleans.
She arrived at school on November 14, 1960 and was escorted into the school by Federal marshalls, as angry parents and citizens screamed abuse outside.
After she was escorted inside, hordes of parents rushed in to remove their children. More than 500 children were taken out of school that day.
“I remember turning onto the street. I saw barricades and police officers and people everywhere. “When I saw all of that I thought it was mardi gras. I had no idea they were here to keep me out of the school.
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