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LR9: 1957

May 30 – August 5, 2018

The exhibition is curated by Ajamu Kojo.

The Little Rock Nine is a group of nine Black American students who were enrolled in the all-white, segregated Little Rock Central High School in 1957. Their enrollment was followed by the Little Rock Crisis, in which the students were initially prevented from entering the racially segregated school by violent crowds and the Arkansas National Guard, who were called out by Orval Faubus, the Governor of Arkansas. The Nine were finally able to attend school after President Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army to Little Rock, taking the Arkansas National Guard out of the Governor’s control, and allowing members of the 101st to serve as guards for the Nine.

LR9: 1957 presents a multimedia group exhibition on the Little Rock Central High School integration, inspired by the nine students: Melba Pattillo Beals, Minnijean Brown, Elizabeth Eckford, Ernest Green, Gloria Ray Karlmark, Carlotta Walls LaNier, Thelma Mothershed, Terrence Roberts, and Jefferson Thomas.


  • Kimberly Becoat
  • Aaqil Ka
  • Valincy-Jean Patelli
  • Patrick Earl Barnes
  • Roni Nicole
  • Paul Deo
  • Aimée Everett
  • Chet Gold
  • Ajamu Kojo

Opening Reception, Friday, June 8 at 5:30pm

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