AP PHOTOS: 1957 Little Rock desegregation effort

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FILE - In this Sept. 26, 1957 file photo, members of the 101st Airborne Division take up positions outside Central High School in Little Rock, Ark. The troopers are on duty to enforce integration at the school. Five decades and $1 billion after an infamous racial episode made Little Rock a symbol of school segregation, the legal fight to ensure all of its children receive equal access to education has ended. (AP Photo, File)
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Racial divisions within Little Rock's schools date to 1957, when President Dwight Eisenhower used federal troops to enforce a judge's order that all-white Central High School admit nine black students.

Gov. Orval Faubus triggered the tumult, saying he feared violence if races were allowed to mix in a public school. Violence did erupt when a white mob attempted to keep the black students from entering the school.

In the years since, Little Rock-area schools have been involved in lawsuits more often than not.

On Monday — five decades and $1 billion after the infamous racial episode — a judge ruled that Arkansas can stop making payments to three Little Rock-area school districts. But he cautioned work remained to ensure all students receive a proper education.

Here's a look at some images from 1957 and 1958:

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