Ruby Bridges By Kayla Vickery & Jessica Gray
Ruby Bridges early childhood • Born in Mississippi in 1954 • Moved with parents to New Orleans • Her grandparents sharecropped • Her job was to keep an eye on her younger brothers and sisters
New Orleans, Louisiana • Federal court ordered public schools to desegregate in 1960. • Ruby took a test to see if she was eligible to attend William Frantz Public School. • She passed the test, and on November 14, 1960, she was picked up by federal marshals and taken to school with her mom.
First day of school • When they got out, people were shouting at them. • They spent the whole day in the principal’s office. • Because people were pointing and yelling at her, she never got to her classroom.
Second day of school • The marshals drove her and her mother to school again the next day. • People were still mad and having things like black dolls in coffins as threats. • That morning she met her white teacher, Mrs. Henry. • No one was in the classroom when she got there.