Outfit worn by Carlotta Walls to Little Rock Central High School

Created by
Sportswear by Sheinberg
Worn by
LaNier, Carlotta Walls, American, born 1942
Subject of
Little Rock Central High School, American, founded 1927
Date
1957
On View
Concourse 2, C 2053
Museum MapsObjects in this Location
Exhibition
Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: The Era of Segregation, 1876-1968
Medium
cotton with plastic buttons
Dimensions
H x W (top): 22 3/4 x 23 1/2 in. (57.8 x 59.7 cm)
H x W (skirt): 27 x 41 in. (68.6 x 104.1 cm)
Caption
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.
Description
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.
Place used
Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Clothing-Historical
Movement
Civil Rights Movement
Type
ensembles (costume)
Topic
Civil rights
Clothing and dress
Education
Race relations
Segregation
U.S. History, 1953-1961
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Carlotta Walls LaNier
Object number
2012.117.1ab
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
GUID
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