55 And Counting

‘Little Rock Nine’ remembered in iconic images

Posted: January 11, 2013 at 2:41 a.m.

Elizabeth Eckford, one of the students who attempted to integrate Little Rock’s Central High School, was captured in this iconic photo by Will Counts. His work is on display this month at UAFS.

The images became iconic the moment they appeared in the Arkansas Democrat on a September day 55 years ago: A black 15-year-old named Elizabeth Eckford is tormented by a jeering mob, one of them screaming into the lens of Will Counts’ camera. Alone at a bus stop, the same teenager is engulfed by protesters, a “stop” sign ironically framed by the crowd. Surrounded by newsmen, an Arkansas National Guard officer talks with students barred from Little Rock’s Central High School on the first day of integration.

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Whats Up, Pages 13 on 01/11/2013