​November 14, 1960: Ruby Bridges Makes History In The South

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At only 6 yrs old, Bridges was escorted to school by U.S. Marshals as the court-ordered first day of integrated schools started. Ruby Nell Bridges Hall is known as the 1st African-American child to attend an all-white elementary school in the South. She attended William Frantz Elementary School at 3811 North Galvez Street, New Orleans, LA

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL: Bridges describes it, “Driving up I could see the crowd, but living in New Orleans, I actually thought it was Mardi Gras. There was a large crowd of people outside of the school. They were throwing things and shouting, and that sort of goes on in New Orleans at Mardi Gras.” Former United States Deputy Marshal Charles Burks later recalled, “She showed a lot of courage. She never cried. She didn’t whimper. She just marched along like a little soldier, and we’re all very proud of her.”

As soon as Bridges got into the school, white parents went in and brought their own children out; all teachers refused to teach while a black child was enrolled. They hired Barbara Henry, from Boston, Massachusetts, to teach Bridges, and for over a year Mrs. Henry taught her alone, “as if she were teaching a whole class.” That first day, Bridges and her adult companions spent the entire day in the principal’s office; the chaos of the school prevented their moving to the classroom until the second day.

Read more about her life and legacy at: Daily Black History Facts

8 Comments

  • phyllis ALLEN November 15, 2017 - 11:41 am Reply

    WOW,AND PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY CALL MIDDLE EASTERN TERRORIST,A LITTLE WHO WANTS TO GO TO SCHOOL,REALLY PEOPLE.AND THIS WAS IN 1960 WOW.WHITE PEOPLE YOU NEED TO GET A CLUE,BLACK PEOPLE YOU NEED TO BE AWARE AND GET TO KNOW YOUR HISTORY.HERE YOU ARE OUT HERE KILLING YOURSELF FOR WHAT TO PROVE THAT YOU BELONG,YOU WILL NEVER BELONG.SO STOP KILLING YOUR FUTURE.AND DROPPING OUT OF SCHOOL SHOULD BE FURTHER THING FROM ANY OF YOUR MINDS.A LOT OF PEOPLE DIE SO YOU CAN HAVE SOME RIGHTS AND YOU THROW THEM AWAY FOR WHAT.FOR OUR PEOPLE SCHOOL IS A PRIVILEGE NOT A GIVING.ESPECIALLY IN THIS COUNTRY.READ YOU HISTORY.AND FOR THE YOUNG LADY WHO ENDURE THIS BEHAVIOR SOME 50 HEARS AGO.THANK YOU FOR HANGING IN THERE.YOU ARE A TRUE HERO.

  • eric December 18, 2018 - 10:46 am Reply

    I know black people are the worst. Why did we give them rights anyways? All they do is steal, rap, and hold their guns sideways.

  • jamie December 19, 2018 - 1:02 pm Reply

    The comment I made about African-Americans as someone else on December 18, was not how I feel but just a comment to embarrass and rile up a friend. The comment was a huge mistake. The school resource officer in my school is a black man and he is absolutely wonderful, the comment was false and was not how I felt. I regret that comment and hope it didn’t cause any harm.

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