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"Little Rock Nine" Safe Home Restored

Little Rock Nine: In this September 4, 1957 file photo, students of Little Rock Central High School in Ark., shouted insults at Elizabeth Eckford (r.), as she walked away from the school.
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The nine black students who confronted angry white mobs as they integrated Little Rock Central High School in 1957 took solace each day at the home of Daisy and L.C. Bates.

Carlotta Walls LaNier was among the so-called Little Rock Nine and says the home was nurturing yet "like a war room." It's where they got ready for school and talked about their day.

Two charities want to preserve the tan, brick home as a civil rights museum. They're giving tours Wednesday to show off $75,000 in restorations.

A plaque in the yard marks the small house as a national historic site, but it's easy to miss. Supporters say they want to change that and honor the Bates' contribution.