The picture shows a six-year-old girl called Ruby Bridges being escorted into a newly integrated New Orleans school. The wall behind the child is daubed with racist graffiti, and a splattered tomato lies on the ground near her.
Bridges herself, now 56, personally lobbied the president to hang the painting in the White House. Bridges attended a function at the White House with the president to mark the painting’s move.
She told reporters “to be standing shoulder to shoulder with history, and viewing history, it’s just once in a lifetime.”