University of Alabama Students Protest Desegregation by Burning Desegregation Literature Digital History ID 4177

University of Alabama Students Protest Desegregation by Burning Desegregation Literature

Credit: Library of Congress
Media type: photograph
Museum Number: LC-USZ62-120216
Annotation: Autherine Lucy's dream of obtaining a degree in library science was finally realized when she officially enrolled at the all-white University of Alabama in 1956. While the court had granted her the right to attend the university, the white population seemed intent on making this impossible by staging riots. Students, adults and even groups from outside of Alabama shouted racial epithets, threw eggs, sticks and rocks, and generally attempted to block her way. Protestors, like the group pictured here, prompted the University to expel Lucy on February 6, 1956, in order to ensure her personal safety. -From the Library of Congress
Year: 1956

Copyright 2016 Digital History