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Little Rock 9 student dedicates commemorative bench


September 5, 2018

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Elizabeth Eckford, one of the nine black students who first integrated Little Rock's Central High School in 1957, has helped dedicate a commemorative bench two blocks from the school where she attempted to escape from furious and violent white protesters.

In a ceremony Tuesday, exactly 61 years later, Eckford discussed how alone she felt on the first day of school when the Arkansas National Guard and protesters blocked her entrance.

The 76-year-old Eckford walked a portion of the two blocks and sat on the reconstructed bench. She says she's happy to return to cont...

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