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 color print of Shirley Ann Magee. Magee is featured from the shoulder up, seated in a metal chair, with her body facing the right of the image and her head turned toward the camera smiling. She is wearing a yellow and orange blouse and has a ring on her proper left hand. There is a pre-printed date on the top of the image paper that reads [Dec 70]. On the back of the photograph are handwritten inscriptions identifying the subject, date, and photographer.