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Thurgood Marshall with Little Rock Defendants

Washington, DC, USA --- Original caption: 5/9/79-Washington: Six black children who attended Little Rock's Central High School earlier in 1958, and two NAACP officials sit outside the Supreme Court in this 8/22/58 photo. The NAACP asked the Supreme Court to take action insuring the admission of the black children when the school opens 9/2/58. from left are : Melba Patillo, 16; Jefferson Thomas, 15; Gloria Ray, 15; Mrs. C. Bates, Pres. of NAACP in Little Rock; Thurgood Marshall, NAACP chief counsel; Carlotta Walls, 15; Minnie Jean Brown, 16; and Elizabeth Edkford, 16.

Washington, DC, USA — Original caption: 5/9/79-Washington: Six black children who attended Little Rock’s Central High School earlier in 1958, and two NAACP officials sit outside the Supreme Court in this 8/22/58 photo. The NAACP asked the Supreme Court to take action insuring the admission of the black children when the school opens 9/2/58. from left are : Melba Patillo, 16; Jefferson Thomas, 15; Gloria Ray, 15; Mrs. C. Bates, Pres. of NAACP in Little Rock; Thurgood Marshall, NAACP chief counsel; Carlotta Walls, 15; Minnie Jean Brown, 16; and Elizabeth Edkford, 16.