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Little Rock Nine

Harry T. & Harriet V. Moore Memorial Park

 
 
Little Rock Nine Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, July 21, 2021
1. Little Rock Nine Marker
Inscription.  
The Little Rock Nine, Ernest Green (b. 1941), Elizabeth Eckford (b. 1942), Jefferson Thomas (1942-2010), Terrence Roberts (b. 1941), Carlotta Walls LaNier (b. 1942), Minnijean Brown (b. 1941), Gloria Ray Karlmark (b.1942), Thema Morthershed (b. 1940), and Melba Pattillo Beals were black students who sought to attend Little Rock Central High School in the fall of 1957. The Supreme Court had ruled segregated schools unconstitutional in its landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education ruling three years later, states in the South finally began to face the reality of federally mandated integration. It was historic, and dramatic - and for weeks on end, it was profoundly ugly.

In Little Rock, on Sept. 4, 1957 - on the first day of school - the media recorded the scene as 15-year- old Elizabeth Eckford, the first of the nine to arrive, was waved off of school grounds by Arkansas National Guardsmen, their rifles raised.

On Sept. 23, the nine students entered Little Rock Central High School for the first time, ignoring verbal abuse and threats from the crowd outside. When the mob realized the students had successfully entered
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the school, violence erupted, and seven journalists were attacked. As the situation deteriorated, school officials, fearing for the students’ safety, dismissed the Little Rock Nine at lunchtime.

Although the Little Rock Nine were finally able to attend classes by late September 1957,the fight wasn’t over; throughout the rest of the school year, they faced ongoing abuse, threats, discrimination and acts of hazing from their white peers and, disgracefully, from equality vicious adults. But when spring 1958 came round, eight of the nine had successfully completed the school year. In an elemental way, they had won.
 
Erected by Harry T. & Harriet V. Moore Memorial Park.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil RightsEducationWomen. A significant historical date for this entry is September 4, 1957.
 
Location. 28° 39.224′ N, 80° 50.728′ W. Marker is in Mims, Florida, in Brevard County. Marker can be reached from Freedom Avenue, 0.3 miles south of Parker Street, on the right when traveling south. Located within the Harry T. & Harriet V. Moore Memorial Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2180 Freedom Avenue, Mims FL 32754, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dr. Mary Jane McLeod Bethune (a few steps from this marker); Brown v. Board of Education
Little Rock Nine Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, July 21, 2021
2. Little Rock Nine Marker
(a few steps from this marker); Violence In Hemming Plaza (within shouting distance of this marker); Groveland Four (within shouting distance of this marker); Rosewood Massacre - 1921 (within shouting distance of this marker); Eatonville (within shouting distance of this marker); Freedom Riders (within shouting distance of this marker); Emmet Till (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mims.
 
Also see . . .  The Little Rock Nine. (Submitted on October 9, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 9, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 402 times since then and 90 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 9, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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