Bloody photos show the day 300 troops were sent to guard 9 black school children 60 years ago

Sixty years ago, on September 25, 1957, The United States Army deployed 300 troops to guard nine black children who attempted to enter the racially segregated Little Rock Central High School.

The road to desegregation of America's school system was often paved in blood, as communities grappled with laws that mandated African-Americans be allowed to attend formerly "white-only" schools.

The students and troops were met by an unruly crowd who tried to physically block them from entering the school.

These photos depict the dramatic confrontation between the crowd and the students.

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The "Little Rock Nine" were a group of nine black students who attempted to enter the racially segregated Little Rock Central High School in 1957.

In this photo, the students are provided with a military escort when entering and leaving Little Rock Central High School. (Photo by FPG/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

President Dwight. D. Eisenhower deployed 300 federal troops to safely escort the students into the high school.

In this photo, National Guard troops form a line in a street to enforce the nation's first desegregation at Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. (Photo by Paul Slade/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Members of the Little Rock, Arkansas community protested and tried to physically block the students from entering the school.

In this photo, nine students leave the campus after their second full day of classes. (Photo by Bettmann via Getty Images)

Paul Davis Taylor displayed a Confederate flag in front of Little Rock Central High School.

In this photo, two National Guardsmen proceed down a street with their guns drawn in order to enforce the nation's first desegregation at Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. (Photo by Paul Slade/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The army directed the crowd of protesters with their bayonets drawn. They drew giggles from this group of women walking.

In this photo, a soldier holds his rifle as people gather in the street during the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School, September 1957. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

But the overall tone of the protest was much darker. At one point, an unidentified white male punched an effigy of a black student.

In this photo, a view of National Guardsmen standing outside Little Rock Central High School as a large group of white students prevent any African-American students from entering. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

An angry crowd shoved an African-American reporter from the Tri-State Defender, Alex Wilson.

In this photo, a gathering on a suburban street in Little Rock, Arkansas, where the first school desegregation in the U.S., at Central High School, is being enforced by federal troops, September 1957. (Photo by Paul Slade/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

A man identified as C.E. Blake was clubbed by troopers after he tried to take a weapon.

In this photo, troops walk down a street in Little Rock, Arkansas, where they are helping to enforce the nation's first school desegregation at Central High School, September 1957. (Photo by Paul Slade/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The student's fight to attend Little Rock Central High School was groundbreaking. Pictured here in 1958, 17-year-old Ernest Green was the first African-American in the history of the school to graduate.

In this photo, 18-year-old Ernest Green prepares for graduation.

The Little Rock Nine in 2005 gathered for the unveiling of a monument marking their battle.

In this photo, nine students attending integrated classes at Little Rock's Central High School are shown as they left the school to walk to a waiting Army station wagon which takes them to and from school. 

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