Elizabeth Eckford and Hazel Bryan: the story behind the photograph that shamed America
One was trying to go to school; the other didn’t want her there. Together, Elizabeth Eckford and Hazel Bryan starred in one of the most memorable photographs of the Civil Rights era. But their story had only just begun.
If you’re like me, you recognize this photo and you know it’s from Arkansas at the beginning of school integration but you probably don’t know much else. I’d never actually looked this up but I just saw the link in a comment thread.
1) The angry white woman is actually a 15-year-old student.
2) The photo was so famous, the girl’s parents pulled her out so she actually never went to a school newly integrated by the Little Rock Nine.
3) The two of them tried to make amends decades later and even had a brief friendship. But some wounds never heal.
Interesting little afternoon read.