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Little Rock, 1957. After the Brown v. Board of Education (1954) schools were not longer allowed to be segregated.
At the Little Rock Central High, there were no African-American students. This should change with the Little Rock Nine. A group of nine Students, who were selected because of their good grades and perfect attendance.
On September 2, 1957 two days before the school starts, the Governor from Arkansas Orval Faubus called in the National Guard of Arkansas to prevent the Little Rock Nine from entering the school.
We can not allow them to enter the school.
On September 4, when the school started, the National Guard denied the Little Rock Nine from entering the school. There were a lot of people trying to show the nine students that they were not welcomed at the school.
We can't let you in. Order of the Governor!
Go away. We don't want you here!
On September 24, President Eisenhower ordered to send the 101st Airborne Division to Little Rock to make sure, the students can go into school.
We need to do everything what is necessary to desegregate the schools. Send the 101st Airborne Division in to protect them.
In 1958, a year after the Little Rock Nine Governor Faubus closed Central High to have the public vote on integration. The school reopened in August 1959, however all of the Little Rock Nine continued their education through correspondence or on other High Schools.
Closed by order of the Governor
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