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Hoxie, AR--Lauren Payne Reports

Students From The Historical "Hoxie 21" Reunite In Walnut Ridge

September 04, 2004--Posted at 6:00 p.m. CDT

HOXIE--One by one the names of the "Hoxie 21"were called, and greeted with applause. 

In 1955, the Hoxie School Board made a unanimous decision to integrate the school, becoming the first school in the Delta to close the gap between segregated and united.

Fayth Washington was a student during that historical time.  "It wasn't a black and white fight. There was some agitation. The big fight came between the agitators and the school board,"said Washington.  So, as you might imagine, the road for the "Hoxie 21" was not always a smooth one.

Even though the students did meet hard times, they say the good memories they do have are lasting a lifetime. Don Jean Bright was a part of the historical "Hoxie 21"."Better learning, better facilities, meeting a whole new class of people. You know, a different culture,"said Bright.

Arkansas dignitaries, former students, and community members shared memories of the "Hoxie 21" as they reminisced on their place in history.

The memories, many former students say, are fond ones.

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