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 Carrie May Pittman. Pittman is featured from the chest up. She is mid-laugh and has her proper left hand raised in front of her mouth. The photograph is mounted to a paper frame by plastic photo corners. [Carrie Pittman / 1970 / Martha Olson / Sequence (crossed-out in ink)] is handwritten in pencil on the interior frame below the photograph. On the back of the photograph are handwritten inscriptions identifying the subject, date, and photographer.