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All-White-Elementary School Integrated for First Time 53 Years Ago Today

TYLERTOWN, Miss. — Fifty-three years ago today, Ruby Bridges was the first black child to ever attend an all-white-elementary school in the south, William Frantz Elementary in New Orleans.

Bridges, a Mississippi native, was born in Tylertown. Her parents agreed to a request from the NAACP to have her enrolled at the school when she was 6-years-old. Bridges says she was never really afraid; because, as a child she really wasn’t sure what was going on. What bothered her the most was the loneliness. Bridges remembers not being able to go to the cafeteria or play on the playground with other kids.

Today, bridges has her own foundation and is an advocate for human rights.

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