Ruby Bridges was the first African American child to integrate a white southern elementary school having to be escorted to class by her mother and U.S. marshalls due to mobs.
The abuse wasn't limited to only Ruby Bridges; her family suffered as well. Her father lost his job at the filling station, and her grandparents were sent off the land they had sharecropped for over 25 years. The grocery store were the family had shopped banned them from entering.
After winter break, Ruby began to show signs of stress. She experienced nightmares and would wake her mother in the middle of the night seeking comfort. In 1993 Ruby Bridges youngest brother, Malcolm Bridges was murdered in a drug-related killing.