Ruby Bridges by Outer Banks artist Dawn Moraga
At six years old, Ruby Bridges was the first African-American child to desegregate all-white William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans in November of 1960. During our first chat with Ruby, she retold her story in incredible detail, from the federal marshals showing up to escort her to her new school, to not fully understanding the significance of what was happening since she was so young. Ruby spoke fondly about how Mrs. Henry, her teacher, made school a fun and safe place that she looked forward to going to every day.
Today, Ruby is a civil rights activist, and she actively speaks with children around the country about the racism she experienced and the racism that exists today.
Ruby’s first walk into school is commemorated in many beautiful works of art, including the one shown here by local Outer Banks artist Dawn Moraga. Norman Rockwell’s 1964 painting The Problem We All Live With is on the cover of Ruby’s book, This Is Your Time, and is widely recognized as an iconic depiction of the Civil Rights Movement.