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On September 4, 1957, sixteen-year-old Gus Roberts arrives at Central High School with his father. They are met upon arrival by a mob protesting Gus' attendance at the school
Principal Ed Sanders welcomes Gus and his father and makes sure the crowd behaves peacefully. Gus goes to class.
When class is dismissed, a voice from the crowd cries out at Gus, "Go back to Second Ward where you came from."
Of the four students who integrate Charlotte's schools that day, only Gus Roberts will remain at an integrated school through graduation.