Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Researching the Central High Crisis: Video Footage

The Butler Center is home is numerous audio-visual resources related to the Central High crisis. Many of these you can view online from the comfort of your own home. Here are a few selections to get you started. Click the link to open the video in a new window.

This home movie footage from September 23, 1957, shows Little Rock city police escorting the Little Rock Nine into a side entrance of Central High School while a mob gathers in front of the school. [bc.av.570923.01]

This footage from September 25, 1957, shows the Little Rock Nine being escorted through the front entrance of Central High by the 101st Airborne Division. [bc.av.570925.01]

In May 1958, Ernest Green became the first African American graduate of Central High. This footage shows the graduation. [bc.av.5805xx.01]

This haunting footage from September 1958 shows empty Central High and Horace Mann buildings during the "lost year." [bc.av.5809xx.01]

Central High School, Little Rock, Ark., 1960


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