Born September 8, 1954, the year when Brown v. Board of Education was decided.
New Orleans made a test that certain African Americans were allowed to take, and if they passed they would be allowed to go to a formerly all-white school. Ruby Bridges was one of the six who passed, and would be the first African American to attend a formerly all-white elementary school.
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On Nov. 9, 1960, Ruby Bridges was escorted to the William Frantz Elementary School by four federal marshals after a judge ordered them as a guard. Ruby first thought that all the people were there for something involved with Mardi Gras celebrations.
So many people here for Mardi Gras!
The first day, Ruby Bridges stayed in the principal's office and no classes were held. Eventually, Barbara Henry, a teacher from Boston, agreed to teach Ruby and for the whole year it was only the two of them in her class.
As time passed, the boycott and protests began to subside as parents started to send their children back to school. Others walked behind the federal marshalls or helped the Bridge's family with watching the children or offering work.