Little Rock, 50 years later

Elizabeth Eckford leaves Little Rock's Central High after being denied enrollment

50 years ago today.

Elizabeth Eckford, one of the Little Rock Nine, leaves Little Rock’s Central High School after having been denied the chance to enroll. Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus called the Arkansas National Guard to duty to prevent nine African American students from enrolling.  (Photo by Will Counts – see his series here.)

Elizabeth Eckford graduated*, went on to a career with the Army as a journalist, and is the only one of the nine students (all of whom graduated and did well) to live in Little Rock today. Central High school is a National Historical Monument — and still a high school.

What I want to know is this: The woman in back of Ms. Eckford, face thoroughly engaged in delivering a piece of her mind, I suppose: Who is she, and where is she, today? Does anyone know?

2 Responses to Little Rock, 50 years later

  1. Ed Darrell says:

    Thank you, NoZe!


  2. NoZe says:

    The woman harassing Elizabeth Eckford in Will Counts’ classic photograph is Hazel Massery. Back before the 40th anniversary of the Central High Crisis in 1997, the two met again and she publicly apologized to Eckford. She apparently refused to participate in a “USA Today” interview for the 50th anniversary.

    And, for the record, Minnijean Brown Trickey still lives in Little Rock as well, although she did leave the state and live in Canada for a number of years.


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