Ruby Bridges is an Iconic figure in the civil rights movement after she became the first African American child to attend formerly whites-only William Frantz Elementary School, on November 14, 1960. In 1959, she attended a segregated kindergarten.
Ruby Bridges Parents
Ruby Bridges’ father name is, Abon and mother named, Lucille Bridges. She has five siblings. She watched over her younger siblings while growing up, and she also liked to play baseball, climb trees, and jump rope.
Her family relocated to New Orleans, Louisiana, from Tylertown, Mississippi, when she was four years old. Her father was first hesitant, but at six years old, her parents gave in to the NAACP’s request and allowed her to be a part of the integration of the New Orleans school system.
At first, Bridges’ father was hesitant but her mother was adamant that the relocation was necessary to “take this step forward… for all African-American children” to providing her own daughter with a better education. Her mother persuaded her father to permit her to attend the school.
Ruby Bridges Wiki
|69 years (in 2024)
|September 8, 1954
|Civil rights activist
|Became the first African American child
to attend an all-white school
|Tylertown, Mississippi, U.S.
|5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
|135 lb (61 kg)
|Malcolm Hall (m. 1984)
|William Frantz Elementary School
Is Ruby Bridges Still Alive?
Yes, Ruby Bridges is alive and she is 69 years old, as of 2024. She still lived in New Orleans with her husband, Malcolm Hall, and their four sons. Couple tied knot in 2004.
Bridges’ statue is located in the William Frantz Elementary School courtyard. When asked about the emotions she expects kids will experience while seeing the statue, she replied,
‘I think kids will look at it and think to themselves, ‘I can do something great too.’ Kids can do anything, and I want them to be able to see themselves in the statue. Hopefully that will remind [them that they] can change the world.’
How Much Is The Net Worth of Ruby Bridges?
Ruby Bridges’ net worth is estimated at $10 Million – $13 Million. In 1998, the television film Ruby Bridges explored her struggle. She was awarded the Robert Coles Call of Service Award by the Phillips Brooks House Association at Harvard University, on November 9, 2023.