The painting that was inspired by the story of Ruby Bridges and her struggle to integrate New Orleans public schools in November of 1960 is finally in The White House. On July 15th Bridges and representatives of the Norman Rockwell Museum stopped by to see what the painting looks like hanging in a West Wing hallway near the Oval Office.
“I think it’s fair to say that if it hadn’t been for you guys I might not be here and we wouldn’t be looking at this together,” President Obama told Bridges as they both looked at the painting.
“The girl in that painting at 6-years old knew absolutely nothing about racism, I was going to school that day,” Bridges said in a video interview released by the White House. Watch the video above to hear Bridges discuss her experience, lessons learned and what it was like to meet President Obama.
President Barack Obama, Ruby Bridges, and representatives of the Norman Rockwell Museum view Rockwell’s “The Problem We All Live With,” hanging in a West Wing hallway near the Oval Office, July 15, 2011. Bridges is the girl portrayed in the painting. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)