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Ruby Bridges, born in Tylertown, Mississippi, was the first African American child to attend an all-White school in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1960. Because of protests from the parents of other children at William Frantz Elementary School, Ruby had to be escorted to school by U.S. Marshals, and at first, all of the teachers at the school refused to teach her. Ruby's courage was commemorated in Norman Rockwell's painting The Problem We All Live With.

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