Little Rock Nine touring Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

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SPRINGFIELD - Members of the Little Rock Nine will tour the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum during a special event on May 19.

The group's members helped mark the end of racial segregation in U.S. public schools when they enrolled at Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957.  The situation eventually resulted in members of the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army escorting the nine students as they integrated the school.

Eight members of the Little Rock Nine, Carlotta Walls LaNier, Melba Pattillo Beals, Elizabeth Eckford, Ernest G. Green, Gloria Ray Karlmark, Minnijean Brown Trickey, Terence J. Roberts and Thelma Mothershed Wair, will be in Springfield on May 19 to talk with local high school students and to tour the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.  A family member will represent Jefferson Thomas, who passed away in 2010.

The Little Rock Nine were awarded the Lincoln Leadership Prize on May 18, 2015 for their role in the civil rights movement.
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