• Short Summary

    Heavy police guards escorted two negro American children - Jefferson Thomas and Elizabeth Eckford--when they arrived at Little Rock's Central High School Aug 12 to sign on for the first day of schooling since its closure two years ago, when President Eisenhower was forced to use bayonet-wielding Paratroopers to restore order and protect negro students.

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    Heavy police guards escorted two negro American children - Jefferson Thomas and Elizabeth Eckford--when they arrived at Little Rock's Central High School Aug 12 to sign on for the first day of schooling since its closure two years ago, when President Eisenhower was forced to use bayonet-wielding Paratroopers to restore order and protect negro students.

    Police Chief Gene Smith ordered firemen to turn their high-pressure hoses on a banner-carrying mob marching on the school after attending a segregationist rally given earlier on the capitol's steps by Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus.

    Persistently the mob continued to force their way through a police barricade. There they were met by the 'strong arm of the law'. Twenty-four people were arrested-including women and a boy--and several were injured as police batons cracked down.

    As the battle fizzled out, the 2,000 pupils were already in the school. Most are glad to be back after such a long period without schooling.

    Surprisingly no-one tried to stop three negro girls reporting at nearby Hall High School.

    Last year Governor Faubus blocked integration by closing all four Little Rock High schools, but the law under which he acted was declared unconstitutional by the federal district court.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABNDH2JXCNHR7QD412AYQFM92Z
    Media URN:
    VLVABNDH2JXCNHR7QD412AYQFM92Z
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/08/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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