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Integration of the New Orleans Public Schools

Louisiana: A History



Genre: Documentary

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2003-09-18

Duration: 00:03:26

Subjects: Civil Rights | School integration. | Desegregation | BRIDGES, RUBY | WILLIAM FRANTZ SCHOOL | Education | New Orleans Public Schools


  • Laudun, Tika Producer
  • Whitfield, Lynn Narrator
  • Bridges, Ruby Interviewee
  • Landrieu, Moon Interviewee
  • Triche, Pappy Interviewee


This excerpt from the series “Louisiana: A History” features Ruby Bridges describing the day (November 14, 1960) she integrated William Frantz Public School under the protection of federal marshals amidst angry white protestors and her subsequent year as the only student in her class. This clip also includes interviews with former state legislators Moon Landrieu and Risley “Pappy” Triche discussing the 1960 integration of the New Orleans public schools. Narrator: Lynn Whitfield