As a young boy, Bill Clinton was impressed by the bravery of the nine African-American students who integrated Little Rock Central High School in September 1957. The Little Rock Nine, as they became known, faced angry mobs and the governor ordered Arkansas National Guard troops to block their entry. President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent the U.S. Army to Little Rock and, on September 25, they escorted the Little Rock Nine into the school.
This exhibit explores the special relationship between President Clinton and the members of the Little Rock Nine, a relationship that continues today. You can view one of the Congressional Gold Medals which President Clinton presented to each of the Little Rock Nine at the White House in 1999.