#Repost from @nmaahc with @regram.app ... #Onthisday in 1957, nine students in Little Rock, Arkansas attended their first full day of classes at Central High School. Escorted by the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division under the orders of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ernest Green, Elizabeth Eckford, Jefferson Thomas, Terrence Roberts, Carlotta Walls LaNier, Minnijean Brown, Gloria Ray Karlmark, Thelma Mothershed, and Melba Pattillo Beals entered the Central High School as its first African American students.
The students faced angry mobs and the threat of violence on their very first day at Central High School. Inside the school, the “Little Rock Nine” also endured physical and emotional abuse from their peers.
📸: 1. Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Elmer J. Whiting, III, © Gertrude Samuels. Object number 2011.17.201. 2. Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, © Ernest C. Withers