Part of the exhibit at the Tuskegee center talks about the struggles of desegregating Tuskegee High School. Here, a photo from 1963 shows Alabama state troopers blocking the 13 black students from entering the high school on September 2, 1963.
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The original 13 black students who integrated Tuskegee High School on September 2, 1963.
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Willie Wyatt Jr., one of the 13 black students who integrated Tuskegee High School talks about his experience. Rebecca Wadsworth Sickles, also a former student, sits in the front row.
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Rebecca Wadsworth Sickles recalls her experience during the desegregation of Tuskegee High School in 1963.
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The Tuskege Human & Civil Rights Multicultural Center hosted the event.
All year long on Alabama Public Radio, we’re looking at the 50th anniversary of key moments in the civil rights movement. One of the biggest fights in the movement was the effort to desegregate schools. That included Tuskegee High School. In 1963, a lawsuit was filed to desegregate, and a federal court agreed. Thirteen black students were chosen to integrate the school and anticipated starting classes with their white peers on September 2nd. APR recently went to Tuskegee to talk with former students as they look back 50 years after the desegregation of the high school.