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The Longest Walk: How A Kindergartener Became A Civil Rights Ally

The Historic New Orleans Collection
Pam Foreman Testroet as a child.

As part of their civil rights oral history project, The Historic New Orleans Collection is documenting the 1960 desegregation of New Orleans schools. Pam Foreman Testroet became part of that history when, as a white student, she decided to attend William Frantz Elementary School with Ruby Bridges. She was the only other student in an otherwise empty school, which was surrounded by an angry crowd of white segregationists. In this edition of NOLA Life Stories, she remembers back to that harrowing and important experience.

This NOLA Life Stories interview was conducted by Mark Cave for The Historic New Orleans Collection and produced for WWNO by Sarah Holtz.

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