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Historic meeting at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

Historic meeting at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

September 05, 2013 | 02:27 PM

Civil rights icon Ruby Bridges reunited today with Charles Burks, the U.S. Marshal assigned to escort Ruby to and from The William Frantz Elementary School each day in 1960.

The two spoke in the Power of Children exhibit at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, which includes a full scale replica of the classroom where Ruby attended school, and was only the second time they have visited in person since she was a child.

"Racism has no place in the minds and hearts of our children. My life's work is to tell my story, and Charlie Burks' story is just as important as mine," said Bridges at the conclusion of the conversation."

The Power of Children exhibit and the book Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges (Scholastic Press 1999) are two excellent parent resources to begin the important dialogue about the history of the Civil Rights Movement.

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