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Join Mayor LaToya Cantrell November 13 - 15, 2020 to honor Civil Rights Pioneers The New Orleans Four, celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Desegregation in the Deep South.
On November 14, 1960 Leona Tate, Ruby Bridges, Gail Etienne and Tessie Prevost became the first African Americans to integrate white only public elementary schools in the Deep South. On that day, "The McDonogh Three" (Leona, Gail & Tessie) enrolled in McDonogh No. 19 located at 5909 St. Claude Avenue. Ruby Bridges began classes at William Frantz School located at 3811 North Galvez Street.
The eyes of the nation were on the city of New Orleans, as they watched the daily mobs of protesting segregationists and U.S. Marshals escorting the girls to school each day. Integration of New Orleans public elementary schools marked a major focal point in the history of the American Civil Rights Movement.
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