ABC News’ Mary Bruce (@marykbruce) Reports:
Fifty one years ago, six-year-old Ruby Bridges walked into her new school escorted by federal marshals to become the first African-American student to attend an all-white elementary school in New Orleans. Today she met with President Obama and viewed the famous Norman Rockwell painting depicting that day, which now hangs outside the Oval Office.
Rockwell’s The Problem We All Live With shows Bridges arriving at William Frantz Public School on November 14, 1960, the court-ordered first day of integrated schools in New Orleans.
That morning federal marshals drove Bridges and her mother the five blocks to the school. “Driving up I could see the crowd, but living in New Orleans, I actually thought it was Mardi Gras. There was a large crowd of people outside of the school. They were throwing things and shouting, and that sort of goes on in New Orleans at Mardi Gras,” Bridges once described it.