(CNN)A small, shameful part of Alabama's past was put to justice this month when an Alabama legislator cleared the names of 29 Alabama State University students who participated in a lunch counter sit-in in 1960 during the civil rights movement.
Almost 60 years later, Alabama lunch counter protesters are given some justice
In addition to expunging the records of the students -- nine of whom were expelled and the rest placed on probation -- Interim State Superintendent of Education Ed Richardson also expunged the records of four faculty members who were disciplined by state officials for being "disloyal" during the same time.
In a letter dated May 10 and addressed to Dr. Quiton Ross, the president of Alabama State University, Richardson called the 1960 disciplinary actions "unjustified and unfair."
"They represent a time in the history of the State Board that must be acknowledged and never repeated," he wrote. "...I regret that it has taken 58 years to correct this injustice. I can only hope that this action will provide a modicum of comfort to the people affected."