In 1960, New Orleans first-grader Leona Tate received holiday cards from across the country, offering words of encouragement, admiration and hope. At age 6, she didn’t understand the significance of the messages, but decades later the cards have become meaningful for so many.
That November, Tate, Ruby Bridges, Gail Etiénne and Tessie Prevost – all first-graders – became the first Black students to attend public schools in the Deep South since Reconstruction. They soon became the only students at their schools.
– Teresa Devlin, The Historic New Orleans Collection