Little Rock Nine Statues to Be Unveiled in August

JUNE 6, 2005 - Posted at 8:02 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Statues will be unveiled August 30 of the nine black children who walked through a white mob to integrate Central High School in 1957.

The Little Rock Nine, as they are called, will be depicted in life-size bronze, and the statues will be unveiled on the state Capitol grounds at the same time a U.S. postage stamp is distributed commemorating them.

Former Governor Orval Faubus blocked the nine children from attending the Little Rock high school for three weeks in September 1957.  Faubus used the Arkansas National Guard to keep them away, but President Dwight D. Eisenhower federalized the troops and told them to protect the black students and escort them into the school on September 25, 1957.

The Central High School Integration 50th Anniversary Commission also selected a logo for the 2007 anniversary celebration.  It depicts a black hand and a white hand holding the numbers five and zero, based on a submission by a current Central High student.

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