A recently resurfaced photo shows 14-year-old Jerry Jones in a crowd of mostly white students trying to deny access to six black students at North Little Rock High School. .
The incident occurred just weeks before Little Rock Central High School, less than five miles away from the Little Rock Nine, was integrated in what proved to be one of the greatest moments of the civil rights movement.
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To an extent, this group of black students became known as the Co. North Little Rock Six.
Two years ago, the North Little Rock school board voted to integrate classes for seniors, but was largely opposed by then-Arkansas Governor Orwell E. Fobbs. Despite Phoebe’s beliefs, six students tried to enter the school, but were unsuccessful.
On September 9, 1957, Richard Lindsay, Gerald Person, Harold Smith, Eugene Hall, Frank Henderson, and William Henderson attempted to enter the school, despite being pushed and blocked by dozens of white students. . Six students eventually enrolled in a different school based on the district superintendent’s advice.
North Little Rock High School was officially integrated seven years later.
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Jones has acknowledged that he is the one in the photo, but says he did not participate in the anti-merger protests and watched with curiosity without any hostility.
“I don’t know that I or anybody had any idea or had the background to know … what was involved,” Jones, now 80, said. Via the Daily Mail. “That was more interesting.”
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Jones also said that his football coach at the time told his players to avoid hysteria, but the now-Dallas Cowboys owner did not follow suit. He graduated from North Little Rock in 1960.