Third grader wins White House Historical Association’s National Student Art Competition

August 16, 2021

A pair of shackled African American hands cradles the White House against a backdrop of the American flag in a winning piece of art that is now on display in the White House, Good Morning America reports.

Gabrielle Faisal’s “Enslaved African Americans Built the White House” took home the top prize in the White House Historical Association‘s national student art competition for her creative interpretation of this year’s theme, “The White House: An American Story.”v

The nine-year-old from Detroit said her artwork represents history lessons that she has learned and read about.

“The White House is a symbol of America that was built by enslaved African Americans. The red stripes symbolize our struggle for freedom. The white stripes symbolize the purity of our struggle. Blue is the symbol of justice for all people no matter what color,” Faisal told ABC News Detroit affiliate WXYZ. “The stars represent the unity of all people coming together. The shackled hands are the hands of enslaved Africans who built the White House.”

The competition, now in its 60th year, received submissions from more than 500 students nationwide, GMA reports.

Gabrielle’s piece will be displayed until September 22. The display will also include the runners-up in Gabrielle’s age bracket, as well as art from the top three winners in the 4 to 8, and 9 to 12 grade level categories.

Research contact: @GMA

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