Moving photo shows black medical students posing in front of former slave quarters

Fifteen medical students from Tulane University’s School of Medicine who posed in front of a former slave quarters on a Louisiana plantation are getting a lot of positive attention from thousands on Twitter and Instagram.

Russell Ledet, a second-year med student, told CNN that he got the idea when he visited the Whitney Plantation with his 8-year-old daughter.

"Her insight [to the visit] was, "This is not fair. This is not supposed to happen. So I had this idea that we need to get the black medical students at Tulane and we need to come here. We need to do this for ourselves," Ledet told CNN.

Ledet then shared the idea to pose in front of the slave quarters with his classmates.

15 of the 65 black Tulane University School of Medicine students appear in the photo, each wearing a white jacket that signifies a medical student.

Upon graduation, each will receive a longer white coat, a symbol of being equal to a clinician.

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