Carlotta Walls LaNier was the youngest of the nine students to desegregate Little Rock Central High School in September, 1957. She wore this matching skirt and blouse to the first day of school, which was also the first day she was turned away.
This outfit was worn by Carlotta Walls LaNier during the "Little Rock Crisis" of 1957 at Little Rock Central High School. 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.
Woman’s wrist watch worn by Harriette Vyda Sims Moore. The watch has a gold-colored face with black hour and minute hands and black numerals, some of which are partially worn away. Under the numeral six is the word "Swiss." The watch is housed in an eight sided watch case, also of a gold colored metal. Both the face and the case have swirling floral designs engraved on them. The two lugs on either side that attach the strap to the case are made of a dark brassy colored metal. They attach to two silver colored rings that make up the ends of the watch band. The band itself is a silver colored metal and has no clasp as it is a stretch band. It is possibly not contemporary to the watch itself. The back of the watch case has a decorative floral band around the edge. The center is plain, with numerous scratches. The crystal (glass) is missing.
Phi Beta Sigma cardigan sweater from the Alpha Epsilon Chapter at Johnson C. Smith University. This white and blue knit cardigan has multiple white and blue patches. The white cardigan has a v-neck, opens at the center front, and closes with six white buttons. The neck and opening are edged in blue. The long sleeves have blue cuffs and the two rectangular pockets on the front are lined in blue. There are three horizontal stripes across the collarbone, shoulder blades, and around the upper PL arm. Patches on the PR front of the sweater feature the Greek letters Phi, Beta, and Sigma "F / B / S" arranged vertically at a diagonal. Underneath is a patch that reads "Bill." The PL front bears a patch of the Phi Beta Sigma shield. Five patches are sewn to the PR arm: the number "56" and three stars. Two patches , the letters "A E", are stitched to the PL arm. A large patch is sewn to the upper back of the sweater. It reads "Phi Beta Sigma / Fraternity Inc." Sewn into the neck inside the cardigan is an ivory fabric tag. It features red text and yellow and red graphics of a megaphone, footballs, and winged foot. The text reads "100% PURE WOOL - DRY CLEAN ONLY / LOGAN / Knitting Mills / (illegible)038 W. MADISON ST. CHICAGO, ILL."
Phi Beta Sigma fraternity pin from the Epsilon Alpha Chapter at Dillard Univerisity, New Orleans. This gold-colored metal pin has a two-tiered design, with the Greek letter Phi (F) centered atop the letters Beta (B) and Sigma (S). Phi is set with twelve round, white pearls. The back has lettering inscribed across the top reads "E.M. - E.A." Lettering inscribed across the bottom reads "10K" and "12-10-53." This piece has a diagonal bar pin across the back.
A shiny green jacket with embroidery on the front and back. The jacket’s sleeve cuff, waist, and collar are made of elastic material. The jacket has a white lining and a black zipper down front. Embroidery on the proper right chest of the jacket reads "Sara." Embroidery on the proper left chest of the jacket reads “A.K.A." The Alpha Kappa Alpha seal and the Alpha Kappa Alpha motto are embroidered on the jackets back.