This Guy Secretly Drew Portraits Of His 411 Classmates For Their Last Day Of School Together

Art brings people together.

A Boston Latin student by the name of Phillip Sossou recently surprised his fellow senior classmates in a big way on the last day of school.


In February, the 18-year-old began a project to draw individual charcoal portraits of each of his 411 classmates.

His art teacher, Stephen Harris, didn't think the huge undertaking would be possible, but Sossou went for it anyway. In order to surprise his classmates, he showed up early to school and hung up all of the portraits himself.

He told CBS Boston that the project wasn't a big deal, but one look at the detail and it's easy to see why this project took four months to complete.   

Over the past several months, the Latin School has weathered concerns over allegedly racist dynamics in its classrooms, and admissions policies that led to low enrollment for students of color. In May, student activists told The New Boston Post that tensions were still high. 

But Sossou hopes his pictures will bring his classmates together, and celebrate their individual experiences.

"Our class has been kind of divided," Sossou told The Boston Globe. "Having these pictures helps us to embrace our diversity."


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