Ruby Bridges Reunites with U.S. Marshal Escort

Published 09/06 2013 10:47AM

Updated 09/06 2013 10:49AM

(WTHR) In an iconic moment of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, federal marshals escorted a six-year-old African-American girl through an angry crowd to integrate a public school in New Orleans.

That girl's name is Ruby Bridges, and she was in Indianapolis Thursday to meet with one of the marshals who protected her more than 50 years ago.

"Charlie helped me in ways he couldn't imagine," said Bridges.

Ruby Bridges holds an important place in civil rights history - a place she wants to share with Charles Burks.

"I said to Charlie that he didn't just help to protect me, but he helped to shape me into the person I am," said Bridges.

"It was a privilege to be able to do what I did even though it was a line of duty thing. Everyone else says it was just another job to do, but it was a wonderful job," said Burks, who is 91.

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