Stand in the Schoolhouse Door

The “Stand in the Schoolhouse Door” incident was Alabama Governor George Wallace’s symbolic opposition to school integration imposed by the federal government. The June 11, 1963, action occurred in the doorway of Foster Auditorium at the University of Alabama and was intended to prevent the enrollment of two black students, James Hood and Vivian Malone. The day marks the beginning of school desegregation in the state. Moreover, it was an event that would continue to haunt both Wallace and the state for years to come.
—from Encyclopedia of Alabama