Outfit worn by Carlotta Walls to Little Rock Central High School. 1957. Sportswear by Sheinberg

  • Creator: Sportswear by Sheinberg
  • Year: 1957
  • Location: Little Rock, Arkansas

This outfit was worn by Carlotta Walls LaNier during the “Little Rock Crisis” of 1957. She was the youngest of the nine students to desegregate Little Rock Central High School. This is what she wore on her first day of school, which was also the first day she was turned away. The outfit consists of a skirt and blouse in a matching alphabetical print of blue, teal, and white on a black background. The blouse fastens with small black buttons, has a pointed collar and short sleeves that tie into bows at the cuffs. The skirt is full and has several pleats at the waist.

Outfit worn by Carlotta Walls to Little Rock Central High School. 1957. Sportswear by Sheinberg is available in the public domain via Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication .

Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Carlotta Walls LaNier | Source: Smithsonian Learning Lab

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