1 of the 9: Elizabeth Eckford
Elizabeth was born in the city of Little Rock on October 4, 1941.
She graduated from Dunbar Junior High School, then went to Horace Mann High School, which at that time, was an all black school.
On the morning of September 4, 1957, Elizabeth was getting ready to go to her first day of school at Little Rock Central High School. She didn?t have a phone at her house, so she didn?t know that the other 8 students were going to meet at Daisy Bates? house and to go school together as a group. She got off the bus and walked down Park street in Little Rock, Arkansas and into a screaming mob with military police around her and she began her quest to attend Central High School in Little Rock. She thought the police were there to protect her, but they were really there to keep her out of school.
The Nine stayed at home for about two weeks, trying to keep up with their school work. President Eisenhower finally ordered the Governor to stop interfering, quit using the Guard to stop the Nine from going to school, so the Governor moved the guardsmen away from the school. The Nine went into the school on September 23, 1957 for the first time. There were lots of angry people outside saying mean things, so the Nine were taken out of the school to keep them safe. President Eisenhower ordered the 101st Airborne Division to help protect the Nine. On September 25, 1957, the Nine were escorted to...