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Student makes charcoal portraits of 411 classmates

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This graduation gift is drawing rave reviews.

A high school senior in Boston made pictures of 411 classmates.

Charcoal drawings are now hanging in the hallway.

Students and teachers walk by in amazement.

The artist says it took him about four months to finish. He says the pictures come at a time when students are being pushed apart by racial tension, so he hopes things will change.

"This will sort of bring about a sense of community because that's definitely what we needed right now because we're really fractured," said Philip Sossou, the artist.

"We can all see each other in one light. We all feel more connected," said Nick Matarazzo, a classmate.

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