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1957 + 40: In their own words

Little Rock 1957 September 25, 1997
Web posted at: 1:11 p.m. EDT (1311 GMT)

(CNN) -- Forty years after the integration of Little Rock High School they remember it clearly. Elizabeth Eckford, Ernest Green and Melba Patillo Beals were teen-agers then -- part of the "Little Rock Nine," a group of black students who needed an armed escort from federal troops to enroll in classes.

Another teen-ager, Hazel Bryan Massery, was one of the jeering whites shouting racial slurs at Eckford and the others -- images of a hateful moment captured by photographer Will Counts and now regretted by Massery.

Listen as they recall what happened on September 25, 1957 and how they feel about it now.

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