Spoiler warning: This article contains spoilers about last night's season 21 finale of The Bachelor and the After the Final Rose special. Read at your own risk.
Raven Gates really did wear her heart on her sleeve last night.
Gates explained the significance of her outfit on Instagram.
"Tonight on stage I wore green for a particular reason that's near and dear to my heart: Hoxie: The 1st Stand," the runner-up wrote to fans. "Although I was unable to attend today Hoxie was celebrated at the Arkansas State Capitol for the 1955 integration of Hoxie schools. The first challenged integration in the United States, Hoxie set the precedent for all other integrations in the country. There are two important lessons we can learn from remembering historical moments such as the story of the 1955 integration. 1.) Small communities such as Hoxie can bring change to the United States and have a ripple effect across the world. 2.) We will always overcome adversity through diversity."
The dress has been identified as StyleStalker's Trinity Dress, which costs $170.
As Hoxie native Gates noted, her hometown's school board agreed to support the racial integration of its schools in 1955 despite protests and boycotts from segregationists. According to a Peabody Award-winning 2003 documentary about the little-known civil rights victory, Hoxie: The First Stand, the school board defended its decision, which came a year after the groundbreaking Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision, as "the right thing to do." Howie High School became the third school in Arkansas to integrate.
Why green? That's Hoxie High School's school color.
Guess Chris Harrison was right. Last night turned out to be "historical" after all.
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