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Elizabeth Eckford

September 25, 2017 GMT
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Students of Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., including Hazel Bryan, shout insults at Elizabeth Eckford as she calmly marches down to a line of National Guardsmen, who blocked the main entrance and would not let her enter, Sept. 4, 1957. (AP PHOTO/Arkansas Democrat Gazette/Will Counts)
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Students of Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., including Hazel Bryan, shout insults at Elizabeth Eckford as she calmly marches down to a line of National Guardsmen, who blocked the main entrance and would not let her enter, Sept. 4, 1957. (AP PHOTO/Arkansas Democrat Gazette/Will Counts)

Because all of Little Rock’s high schools were closed a year after the desegregation battle, Elizabeth Eckford moved to St. Louis, where she obtained her GED diploma. She attended Knox College in Illinois and received a bachelor’s degree in history at Central State University in Ohio.

Eckford served in the U.S. Army. She and a key tormentor captured in a 1957 photograph outside Central High School received a humanitarian award from the National Conference for Community and Justice after their reconciliation more than three decades after the crisis. Eckford lives in Little Rock.