Photographer's Note

Another in my ongoing project to visit and photograph all 50 US state capitol buildings. This series is from Little Rock, the capital city of Arkansas.

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, Little Rock, Arkansas - in addition to being the capital of the state - was the scene of a dramatic confrontation in 1957 that helped shape the American Civil Rights Movement. Nine black students were scheduled to enter Little Rock Central High School as that school began to comply with the Supreme Court's ruling that segregated schooling was unconstitutional that year, but they were turned away by the Governor, National Guard, and an angry mob of white citizens. The standoff lasted days until President Eisenhower sent in federal troops to safely escort the students into the school, and make sure they remained safe there during their first year.

This statue to the Little Rock Nine now stands on the northern side of the Capitol building, seen in BG. The statue itself, entitled 'Testament', was erected in 2005, nearly 50 years after the events that made them famous and announced a new era in the struggle for desegregation in the American south.

The nine students - Ernest Green, Elizabeth Eckford, Jefferson Thomas, Terrence Roberts, Carlotta Walls, Minnijean Brown, Gloria Ray, Thelma Mothershed, and Melba Pattillo - have all gone their separate ways now, but all were present at the dedication of the statue.

I've uploaded a workshop showing the full statue.

Larger version on Flickr, here
Arkansas set on Flickr, here

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