LITTLE ROCK, arkansas. – Elizabeth Eckford, one of nine black students who first integrated Little Rock Central High School in 1957, has contributed to the dedicating of a memorial plaque bank two blocks from the school where she tried to escape from the chaotic and violent white protesters.
In a ceremony Tuesday, exactly 61 years later, Eckford discussed how lonely they felt on the first day of school, when the Arkansas National Guard and protesters blocked its entrance.
The 76-year-old Eckford walked a part of the two blocks and was sitting on the reconstructed bank. She says that she is glad to return to work further in the direction of “real reconciliation.”
Current students of Central High led the bank to the construction effort. They are also made with a companion audio walking tour app that guides listeners through the pupils ‘ journey to school that day.