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September 6th, 2013
05:16 PM ET

Civil rights icon reunites with her protector

It was a reunion more than 50 years and one civil rights movement in the making.

Ruby Bridges was only six years old back in 1960, when she was one of the first African-American children to attend a white school in the south. It was a scary time - with racist backlash - and she needed protection from a federal marshal. The story inspired a Norman Rockwell painting.

Fifty-three years later, that child and her protector met again on September 5. Bridges and Charles Burks, now 91, met for the first time since that day. The meeting between the two was filmed, and will be part of an exhibit at an Indianapolis museum.

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