Sept. 9 marks 50 years since Dr. Sonnie Hereford III walked his six-year-old son, Sonnie Hereford IV, to Fifth Avenue School in Huntsville. It was a walk that would take its place in Alabama's history books.
On that day, Sonnie Hereford IV became the first black child to successfully integrate into an all-white public school in Alabama. His father tried to enroll him in the school the previous Friday, September 6th, but was met by state troopers dispatched by Governor George Wallace.
Hereford IV said he was only six at the time, so he didn't remember much of the walk. On the other hand, Dr. Hereford remembers every step. The family lived only two blocks from the school, but Dr. Hereford said, "It seemed like 20 blocks that morning."
Fifth Avenue School was demolished in 2003, but a historical marker now stands in its place, outlining the history that was made in the area.
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