Ruby's mother and Ruby in the back of Fort Marshall's car
Ruby Bridges, and other children from her neighborhood, walked far from home everyday to attend school at Johnson Lockett, a segregated elementary school in the year 1959. Ruby arrived at school, not aware that tests were being administered to see which black children should be integrated. Because of Brown v Board of Education black children were being integrated into white schools.
Don't let her go in!!!
Ruby and the other children crammed into the small classroom to begin their school day. The tests are passed out, and they proceed on taking the test. ..... Ruby and five other children turn out to have passed the test, and are allowed to be integrated into white schools. NAACP members announce the news to the parents of the children. Ruby is set to attend William Frantz alone, and 3 other girls are set to attend McDonough.
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Lucille persuaded Abon, Ruby's father, to allow Ruby to integrate into William Frantz. November 14, 1960 Ruby and Lucille Bridges rode together in the back of the Fort Marshall's car to attend Ruby's first day at William Frantz. Lucille tried to encourage Ruby to be strong and to listen to the Fort Marshall's.
Ruby and other children
Oh here is the other kids!!
Outside of the school, angry mobs gathered to protest a colored attending the school. The people in the crowd shouted racial slurs and threatened the lives of Ruby, her family, and the Fort Marshals. The crowds grew by the day, but eventually decreased to only a few people a day. However, no matter what the size of the crowd was it was clear that Ruby was unwanted at William Frantz.
Ruby's teacher at William Frantz name was Mrs. Henry, a sweet young woman from Boston. Ruby was Mrs. Henry's only student, because the parents of the other children did not want a colored person in the same room as their children. Often times at school Ruby was either alone, with Mrs.Henry, or the Fort Marshalls.
I wonder why there aren't any other kids...
Mrs. Henry asked the principal to allow Ruby to be in the same classroom, lunchroom, and play ground as the other children; but, it was not allowed. Only on a few occasions was Ruby allowed to play with other children, and when they played together, color was not a problem. It was just a group of children enjoying each others company.