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Jefferson Thomas, who was a member of the Little Rock 9, recently passed away.
The Little Rock Nine was a group of African-American students who were enrolled in Little Rock Central High School in 1957. The ensuing Little Rock Crisis, in which the students were initially prevented from entering the racially segregated school by Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus, and then attended after the intervention of President Eisenhower, is considered to be one of the most important events in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. On their first day of school, guards at the school would not let them in and they were followed by mobs making threats to lynch.

Courtesy of Wikipedia


  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsover 4 years ago

    Excellent capture of part of history Joseph!!

  • Yes, it was. Thank you Kate.

    – Joseph Rieg

  • vadim19
    vadim19over 4 years ago

    Excellent work, lovely colors and wonderful details. Joseph!

  • Thank you, just happened to be there on business and this statue is next to the state capital.

    – Joseph Rieg

  • Malcolm Chant
    Malcolm Chantover 4 years ago
    Great capture & interesting history.
  • Thanks Mr. M.

    – Joseph Rieg

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...over 4 years ago

    superb picture!!!!

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 3 years ago

    What a moving tribute to these very courageous people. The saw the best and worst of people in that era.

  • You are ever so right, Lori. I happened to be working in Little Rock last year when I captured this.

    – Joseph Rieg

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