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Document: President Eisenhower issues a statement on Little Rock, September 21st 1957 (FO 371/126719)

Description: The Little Rock Nine were a group of African-American students at Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas, U.S. On their first day at school in 1957 they were prevented from entering by the Arkansas National Guard. This was despite a ruling three years earlier that desegregated public schools.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower intervened and eventually sent in the military to escort the students to their first day of classes on 25 September 1957. This document shows his statement on the 21st.

Our documents about Little Rock were used as inspiration for one of the winning artworks in our recent Capturing our Collections art competition:

The artwork depicts Elizabeth Eckford, one of the Little Rock Nine.

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