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Group works to create Hoxie 21 museum

HOXIE, AR (KAIT) -

A Lawrence County town will soon honor a group of students whose legacy lives on in the history books.

Many have heard of the Little Rock Nine, the first group of black students integrated into the Little Rock Central High School, but before that historic moment there was the Hoxie 21.

They're the first group of black students integrated into the Hoxie School District nearly sixty years ago.

Fayth Hill-Washington is one of those students and said that move was much smoother than Little Rock's integration.

“It's just a unique story about children who didn't expect anything and had nothing to compare it to at all,” Hill-Washington said. “I think the Hoxie 21 story can serve as a catalyst in today's society.”

The original school building on Highway 61, just outside of Hoxie, is long gone.

The group wants to find other ways to form the museum, which they said would give people a glance of what life was like inside that classroom.

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