Martha Olson graduated from Northwestern University with her B.A. in Art in 1969, and within a year, she was working more than 800 miles away as the girls’ physical education teacher at Marion High School in Columbia, Mississippi. It was the first year of integration in Mississippi public schools. During that time, Olson photographed local students, their relatives, and other residents of Marion County, which she later compiled into a series entitled, "Marion County Mississippi: 1970-1971."
A black and white photograph of Mamie Cyrus standing outside a wooden building. Cyrus is in the doorway, with her left hand on the door. Her right hand holds a metal pail. She is facing the camera and smiling. She is wearing a light colored dress with a drawstring pull at the waist. Two dogs are partially visible in the lower right corner of the image. On the back of the photograph is a handwritten inscription reading [Laura Parker's mom(?) / Mamie Cyrus (adopted Laura)].