Artwork #83

Rhea Pettit

Ruby Bridges, a Portrait of Bravery

Oil on linen, 2018

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Ruby was the first African-American child to desegregate an all white school in New Orleans in 1960. I can’t imagine the courage it took for this 6-year old child to hold her head up as she walked through a gauntlet of hate every day on her way to school.